Google Teacher Podcast

By Matt Miller and Kasey Bell - Education Podcast Network

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The Google Teacher Podcast is designed to give K-12 educators practical ideas for using G Suite and other Google tools in classrooms and schools. Hosted by Matt Miller (Ditch That Textbook) and Kasey Bell (Shake Up Learning).

Episode Date
Google Teacher Tips (Vol. 5) - GTP119
38:51

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

Susan Vincentz (Kentucky): Using screencastify to record and export audio only

Stephanie Howell (Ohio) -- Google Educator Group: people gathering together, talk about Google, build a community to expand your knowledge. Working as a group collaboratively. Supporting others. Amazing community. She leads the Ohio GEG with Eric Curts. Think globally … Global GEG supports local GEGs. Host events together. Groups can come together and communicate, grow, learn, build upon each other’s ideas. Built-up as an educator. Was so in her own world. Now, gets perspective from others. 

Katie Wardrobe (Australia): Use Chrome extension Transpose on YouTube and Vimeo to change the speed, key of music, or create a playback loop.

Daren White (England): Forms and Sheets responses to maintain interaction with students during streamed lessons. Form responses come back and shout out correct answers, birthdays, anything else they want to call out.

Tanner Oglesby (Arkansas): Use Google Forms to create a database in Sheets. He uses it to gather student contact information and was very useful during remote learning.

Dan Stitzel (Ohio) -- Keep for personal organizations, notes, checklists, copy/paste links. Excellent for sharing with other people as well. Share individual notes with co-teacher. Share a note that you start, both add to it. Create a checklist for a student and share with a student so only you two see it. Location reminder feature -- a set reminder for when you arrive at a place. Remember when you get to work: that reminder pops up. When go to a certain buildings, accomplish what you noted in Keep.

Anna Cartwright (New York): Highlighter strips in Google Slides by creating a semi-transparent colored rectangle that can be dragged over the text. 

Mike Mohammad (Wisconsin): Loves the podcast. Favorite for distance learning: adding audio to Google Slides. Loves using Cloud Audio Recorder to record snips of audio to Drive, then students add into slideshows -- or he adds them. Made a YouTube video for it.

Ronaldo Palacios (California): Using Google Meet to view all students and share screens he opens a second window.

Pam Hubler (South Carolina): Google Sheets instead of the calendar to keep track of my daily activities as a coach. IT takes less time to update one Google sheet for a month than add individual events on a calendar. Easy to share with admin, teachers to see where she is. Updated tracker from show notes in episode 65. 

Laura Conway (Colorado): Military spouse headed overseas next year. Asking how to move files from the school account.

Kim McClintic (Texas): Hi Matt and Katie, I would like to know if you have any suggestions for how to keep track of assignments that are turned into Google classroom.I have a digital journal or notebook that I have had students doing for a novel study and every week I add new slides to their journals. However, if I’m still grading work that they turned in they cannot begin work for the new assignment until I return it to them. Do you have any suggestions for how I could assign work for them and allow them to continue working without me having to return the journal to them so that I can continue grading while they continue working?

Amber Houk (North Carolina): Using Google Voice to listen to her recording a song story. Students call in for a new song story each day.

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Jun 01, 2020
Ending the Year Remotely with Google - GTP118
37:17

Google News and Updates

We need your tips! Episode 119 will be the finale of our fourth season of the podcast. This episode is all about YOU and your Google tips, tricks, strategies, and resources!

Go to our feedback page and leave us a voice message to include in the episode!

Featured Content

Google Classroom and Drive cleanup for the EOY

From the previous episode 88:

  • Return all work, grade it if you need to
  • Archive Classes
  • Clean-up Folders in Drive
  • Create new folders for the things you want to keep and move things over
  • Create a folder for exemplary work
  • Do NOT Delete the Classroom Folder
  • Do NOT Delete from Shared with Me
  • Delete Old Class Calendars
  • Reflect on your Google Classroom practices, collaborate with others for ideas

A check-out form that admins could sign digitally / students and parents / returning equipment

Doing last Google Meet calls with students

  • Fun things to do during Google Meet calls (Kahoot/Gimkit, scavenger hunts, virtual field trips with Google Earth, etc.)

How to Create a Google Classroom Template (for next year)

https://alicekeeler.com/2016/05/31/google-classroom-clean-folders/

https://alicekeeler.com/2018/05/25/google-classroom-archive-class/

https://alicekeeler.com/2018/07/17/school-is-out-7-tips-to-clean-up-your-g-suite/

Google Teacher Podcast Mailbag

Debbie Thymianos (Henderson, NV) -- Is there a way to disable the chat in Google Meets? It's very distracting when they are messaging each other or writing nonsense.

Philip Trott (Bermuda) -- I swear I have been listening to your podcast for YEARS. I must have a hundred subscriptions, and yours is the ONLY one I listen to weekly. I really appreciate all the hard work you put in. Is there a way to subscribe to the Keyword blog? I didn't see anything on there and I would prefer to receive a weekly email or something to remind me to go in there and check. If you have any suggestions, I'd appreciate it.

On The Blogs


May 25, 2020
Using Google To Tech Like A Pirate - GTP117
42:57

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

Want to do Tech Like a Pirate stuff?

Website: TechLikeaPirate.com

What’s the focus of the book? (Using tech to create an experience, make learning memorable) “Don’t just teach a lesson. Create an experience!”

Is there research that supports doing activities that are fun? (Shawn Achor productivity, neuroscience study, National Institute for Play ongoing studies)

What are the ways to Tech Like a Pirate?

  • Social media and apps
  • Video
  • Games
  • Collaboration
  • Images
  • Exploration
  • Global communication

Can these be used with Google tools? And remote learning?

  • Social media and apps: Instagram/Snapchat/Twitter templates in Slides
  • Video: In video calls/pre-recorded video: What’s the lens you see the video through? (news anchor, on the scenes TV reporter, reality game show, horror movie, etc.)
  • Global communication: Inviting virtual guests, adding virtual field trips to video calls
  • Exploration: giving students flexibility in what they research/find info (and where they find it)
  • Collaboration: Shared Google Slides

Google Teacher Podcast Mailbag

Renee Johnson (California) -- Task: create an unboxing video of your past self. Before created: put items in it, like survival kit to send to past self to prepare for the situation now. Write a note to explain why each item was in it. Close box. Put tape. In the video, past self opens up the box, reads the note, and pulls out one by one to see what’s inside. Posted these on a Wakelet so everyone can watch everyone’s videos. Hopefully, someone else can use this.

Steve Scaysbrook (United Kingdom) -- Use of Google school within the university. Examples of this? Mostly, setting up an online school for professionals who need to do continued professional development (CPD). Do that study. Give them tasks, curriculum, info … then mark work and give them CPD time for doing it.

On The Blogs


May 11, 2020
Engaging Students and Families During Remote Learning - GTP116
40:33

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

  • “Family” gatherings of older student mentors and students
  • Family Game night with classes/teachers
  • Padlet/Flipgrid where people could put affirmations and celebrations
  • Facebook group for teachers
  • Informal coffee talks
  • Birthday party for a teacher/student in a parking lot with social distancing
  • Scavenger hunt - collect items, spell out mascot name with items and post pictures
  • Would you rather? - discussion on Google Classroom, in person, or asynchronous
  • Learn a TikTok dance
  • What are you learning at home?
  • Interview a family member
  • Virtual guests and virtual field trips 
  • Pixel art
  • Virtual greeting cards on Google Drawings
  • Make a creative stop-motion animation 
  • Virtual Learning Ideas

 

 

Resources

Google Teacher Podcast Mailbag

  • Tracey Dranttel (North Carolina) -- Email
  • Pat Goolsby (Georgia) -- Voicemail
  • Clay Smith (Twitter)

On The Blogs


May 04, 2020
Using Google Tools to Connect with Students - GTP115
40:19

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

Using Google Tools to Connect with Students

  • Encourage connectedness
  • Good morning videos
  • Office Hours/Check-ins: Keep interactions light-hearted when possible. Try having a joke of the day, funny video of the day, or playing a game.
  • Trackers -  from Lisa Johnson
  • Google Forms Attendance and Check-in: How are you doing? How do you feel?
  • Online safety/Digital Citizenship - Applied Digital Skills
  • Using Google Classroom posts and comments to support conversations and connection

Google Slides: give students a prompt and have them respond with webcam pics

Have them teach something non-school curriculum through pictures

Google Form (or a non-graded Google Classroom assignment): Asking “how are you doing” and following up with them via email or Google Classroom private comments

Connect outside tools to Google Classroom:

  • Flipgrid for student check-ins, for fun prompts, to share their pets, etc.
  • Pear Deck has SEL slides … put them in student-paced mode to be accessed any time

Fun Google Meet video call ideas (13-20 in graphic below has some fun stuff)

Google Teacher Podcast Mailbag

Melissa Burns (South Carolina)  -- I don't know about anybody else, but my Google Classroom Stream was about to drive me CrAzY. I was always getting messages from parents and students that they could not find certain things like links or instructions. My saving grace was discovering the Materials option in the Classwork section. Here I can organize important instructions, links, and even "How-To," videos. Did not know if this could help anyone else. I love listening to ya'll every week.

Anonymous Voicemail -- Enabled Google Meet on Classroom. Access from top banner. Is there a way to go into Google Calendar and set up a scheduled time? It assigns a different Google Meet location. They aren’t going to the same spot. Her workaround: Go to down to description: enters link there. Doesn’t allow her to enter Google Classroom meet link.

On The Blogs


Apr 27, 2020
G Suite Basics for Remote Learning - GTP114
36:30

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

Google Teacher Podcast Mailbag

Jennifer Isaacs (Illinois) -- All the videos show for me to click on the 3 dots and I can move my assignments up or down. Mine are like that. I only have 3 options and they are edit, delete, or copy link. Help!

Kat Benne -- I am looking for a way for me to share my screen which would have a lesson with my students (8th grade) when we are having a virtual meeting. My laptop is older and does not have a webcam so I am using my iPad. Is there a virtual meeting platform where I can share my screen with them while we talk about the content? And is there a tutorial for that procedure. Thanks for your time.

Nicole Blake (Indiana) -- How to make a document camera with your smartphone (Google Drive video). Start with Google Meet. Join on a smartphone. Set on a stack of books so hang over the edge. Under phone is now on the screen. Record with screencast extension.

David Rogers (South Africa) -- In the podcast this morning, I was sure I heard you say that ScreenCastify was making their premium product available to all school users during the shutdown. I have been wanting to recommend ScreenCastify to my teachers, but the cost has always been prohibitive for us. I was very pleased when I heard of this offer, but disappointed when I saw there was still a five-minute limit. Is this offer only available in the USA? I teach in Johannesburg, South Africa.

On The Blogs


Apr 20, 2020
REPLAY - Apps That Integrate with Google Classroom - GTT082

Episode 82 was originally released on April 8, 2019.

On this episode:

Google Classroom is one of the nicest kids on the playground of education technology. There are many apps and websites that want to play with Google and Google is happy to play with so many of the other apps and sites that are enjoying the nice days and time to play.

Matt and Kasey share and discuss some great tools that are fine on their own but when they play Google we never want edtech recess to end!

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Apr 13, 2020
Google Classroom Tips for Remote Learning - GTP113
36:47

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

What is G Suite for Education

Google Classroom Cheat Sheets for Teacher and Students (FREE)

Melanie’s Tips:

  • Share a quick daily video with your students (Melanie uses the “Shorts” camera in Flipgrid)
  • Move items to the top of the stream (three dots menu button: click “move to top”)
  • Use topics to keep things organized (In classwork: New > Topic … and they’re draggable!)
  • Use “email guardians” under People tab to keep parents in the loop

6 Tips for Getting Started with Google Classroom

4 Must-Have to Google Classroom Skills

How to Package Your Digital Assignments

How to manage Google Classroom assignments during remote learning

How to use Google Meet with Google Classroom

How to provide feedback

How to record videos to share with students through Google Classroom

How to Organize Assignments in Google Classroom

  • A topic for “Due this Week,” or “Due Today!” 
  • If your students are tech savvy enough, you can have them collect all of their links in one document and submit all at once.

How to Differentiate Assignments in Google Classroom

10 Google Classroom Tips You Didn’t Know

Google Teacher Podcast Mailbag

Vicki Heupel (Montana) -- With remote learning: more need for forms for formative assessment. Tips and tricks for assigning thru GC: When do you assign for one class vs. for all classes? To be effective. Autograded within Google Classroom.

MrWiseley in a blog comment: “Oh my goodness! I have an answer for the need!!! Select the column with the student IDs (better than names that might have varied spellings by the teachers). Select "Format --> Conditional Formatting". Then do a "custom formula" of =countif(D:D,D1)>2 where D represents column D (replace with the column letter for YOUR sheet). Choose to format with a cell color, and BOOM! Any kid listed more than twice will be highlighted in that color!”

On The Blogs


Apr 06, 2020
Google Meet for Remote Teaching - GTP112
39:30

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

Hangouts? Meet? Compare Meet with classic chat video calls

FREE Hangouts Meet Tutorials

Manage Meet Video meeting

13+ over questions - Communicating with Parents and Guardians about G Suite for Education

G Suite Enterprise features available:

  • Recording videos
  • Live streaming (through Calendar)

Google updates: 

  • Mute/block only by event creators
  • Can’t rejoin in nicknamed meetings when event creator is last to leave

Infographics below:

  • Tips for teacher users
  • Tips for student users
  • Teaching ideas for using Hangouts Meet

20 virtual field trip ideas and activities

30+ digital escape rooms (plus a step by step guide to creating your own)

Google Teacher Podcast Mailbag

Yudelka Alvarado (NYC) -- I want to give my students my notes on Google slides to help them with remote learning. It isn't an assignment- so I don't get to choose permissions. I post it as Class Material and it defaults to giving them editing AND viewing permissions. I then have to go back to every material on my google drive and remove their editing permissions each time I post the material. How do I change this so that it defaults to ONLY giving viewing permissions? HELP!!

  • Put the view-only link in the instructions.

Bailey Sandsmark (San Diego) -- Sheets: entire sixth-grade team holds their own lunch detentions. Creating a form to keep track of those students. Into sheet. To better track “frequent flyers”. Automatically populate student names that appear +3 times. Conditional formatting. Wants it to find instances where something shows up multiple times.

On The Blogs


Mar 30, 2020
Teaching Remotely with Carly Black - GTP111
42:40

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

Carly Black spends her days encouraging tenth graders in West Salem, Ohio to believe reading and writing is totally cool. At night she chases toddlers with her teacher husband and in the morning repeats the process all over again. Find the lessons and ideas she uses to encourage her students and tame her toddlers on the blog.

Carly’s student newsletter about home learning

Carly’s weekly student checklist template

Podcast and Webinar that Carly refers to in this episode with Jenn Pearson.

Resources

Google Teacher Podcast Mailbag

Alexis Snider (Hanoi, Vietnam) -- 7th week of home learning. Tips. 1. Use tech that students already know. 2. Planning a lesson: learning goal, student w/minimal adult support complete successfully, which tool meets those needs.

Leanne -- Can you please tell me how to disable "Chat" in Google Slides. I use GSuite for my morning work and my kids are chatting. We have looked everywhere we know to look and haven't been successful at disabling this feature. Answer: https://support.google.com/a/answer/7391715?hl=en

On The Blogs


Mar 24, 2020
Using Google to Teach Remotely - GTP110
34:52

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

Tips for Enabling Distance Learning through G Suite & Chrome (From Google)

How to use Chromebooks offline for e-learning days, homework

Coronavirus Closures? Online Learning Tips for Teachers and Schools [interview with an American Teacher in China]

FREE Webinar: Online Learning Tips for School Closures

Nadine Gilkison’s e-learning Slides template and website resources

How to Access Files Offline in Google Drive

FREE Online Learning Tools and Resources for Schools Affected

Premium tools being offered for free from many companies:

  • Google Hangouts Meet
  • Screencastify
  • Nearpod
  • Kahoot!
  • Pear Deck
  • Edpuzzle
  • EPforlearning
  • WeVideo
  • Kami
  • BrainPop
  • Tyker
  • And more open every day!

Lesson ideas:

Google Teacher Podcast Mailbag

Lisa Munley (Scranton, PA) -- Met Matt after PETE&C in Pittsburgh. Tip for new listeners. Listen to most recent episodes. Went back to single digits: ideas to listen to now. Go back to the first season. I drive a lot. Teachers in 20 schools, five counties. Share how you make notes while drive and listen?

Adrienne Farrow (Oregon) -- Google Forms. Possible to do text to speech on a Chromebook. Possible for Google Forms to read questions out loud for the student rather than text to speech? Easier for taking quizzes and surveys. Instead of highlighting and using text to speech.

On The Blogs


Mar 16, 2020
Spring Break Reading & Listening Recommendations - GTP109
42:10

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

Spring Break is here you might be in the market for some on great reading recommendations as well as some awesome podcast recommendations.

Reading Recommendations:

Podcast Recommendations:

Google Teacher Podcast Mailbag

Anita Gledhill (Brampton, Canada) -- After handing out a slide deck, if we need to add a slide, delete and re-send. Instead, use add-on: Slip and Slide from John Sowash’s Chromebook Podcast. Solves this problem.

Shout out to Kayla, Matt's former swimmer, and first-year teacher, who listens to the show!

On The Blogs


Mar 09, 2020
Shape Learning with Maps and Creation Tools - GTP108
37:13

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

Jessica Brogley currently teaches courses in educational technology in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin Platteville. Prior to this, she served in the Platteville School District as the Instructional Technology Support Specialist and the Digital Communication Specialist for three years. Jessica cut her teeth as an 8-12th grade English Language Arts and College Credit Public Speaking for Seymour Community Schools in Seymour, Wisconsin for 11 years.

Jessica is one of the few educators in Southwest Wisconsin who is a Google for Education Certified Trainer, Innovator, and Google Streetview Certified. She's also a Level 8 Google Local guide with over 1700 photos, over 500 are photospheres. This past fall, Jessica was also one of 200 people selected world-wide by Google to attend the 2019 Connect Live event, completely sponsored by Google in San Jose, CA in the Fall of 2019. That conference not only celebrated the top Google Maps contributors, but it also gave her a chance to ask questions and provide feedback to actual Google employees. She also founded the Southwest Wisconsin Google Educator Group.

Resources

Insta360 cameras (two fisheye lenses on each side). Connect the phone to the device via wifi. The phone is like the shutter. Stitches image together as one spherical image. Transfer back from the camera to phone: what to do. Retouch ($2 app) erases yourself out of the photo. Use Google Street View app: upload to google maps. Tiny Planet photography.

Kids write about aspects of the community. (Early standard in elementary.) Use camera: photograph police station, firehouse, city hall, school, etc. Publish to account. Use tour creator to write about the significance. They can’t write collaboratively but can take turns. (Fire department: didn’t know what certain things are. Study: what that is what does it do?) Tourist opportunity: where to enjoy an afternoon, historical locations, etc.

Google Teacher Podcast Mailbag

Laura Cahill (Massachusetts) - I couldn't listen to this episode fast enough because the ISTE Standards have become such a driving force in my work as an edtech coach! After going through the ISTE certification process with my team (the Instructional Technology and Digital Learning Department in the Worcester Public Schools in Massachusetts), we quickly realized what an amazing framework the ISTE Standards would be for powerful teaching and learning. One way we started to use them to support students and teachers was by creating a crosswalk document between our state DLCS standards and the ISTE student standards. This has been huge in terms of helping our teachers see the bigger goal of creating "Empowered Learners" which we all agreed is the overarching goal and the standard that all of the other lead toward. Now, when planning PD for teachers, we use the ISTE Educator Standards to guide us and have started to educate our principals in them so they know what to look for in classrooms.

I may be overly-enthusiastic about this but I wanted you to know that I really appreciate you bringing them to the masses! (and, I highly recommend the ISTE certification if you can ever find the time!... I am not compensated in any way to say that!)

On The Blogs


Mar 02, 2020
Powerful Learning with ISTE Standards - GTP107
37:06

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

"Today’s students must be prepared to thrive in a constantly evolving technological landscape. The ISTE Standards for Students are designed to empower student voice and ensure that learning is a student-driven process. Connect with other educators in the ISTE Standards Community and learn how to use the standards in the classroom with the ISTE Standards for Students ebook." (ISTE.org)

ISTE Student Standards:

  • Empowered Learner: Student leverage technology to take an active role in the choosing, achieving and demonstrating competency in their learning goals, informed by the learning sciences.
  • Digital Citizen: Students recognize the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, and they act and model in ways that are safe, legal and ethical.
  • Knowledge Constructor: Students critically curate a variety of resources using digital tools to construct knowledge, produce creative artifacts and make meaningful learning experiences for themselves and others.
  • Innovative Designer: Students use a variety of technologies within a design process to identify and solve problems by creating new, useful or imaginative solutions.
  • Computational Thinker: Students develop and employ strategies for understanding and solving problems in ways that leverage the power of technological methods to develop and test solutions.
  • Creative Communicator: Students communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats and digital media appropriate to their goals.
  • Global Collaborator: Students use digital tools to broaden their perspectives and enrich their learning by collaborating with others and working effectively in teams locally and globally.
Resources

On The Blogs


Feb 17, 2020
Student Leadership and the Chrome Squad- GTP106
47:44

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

"Six years ago (or maybe longer–kids have killed my memory) Kevin Worthy came to Royse City as our Superintendent of Schools and a vision in tow. It was a simple, but mighty vision: be all about the kids and be innovative. It took a few years, and a strategic plan, but we progressed as a district on those two fronts. Part of that strategic plan was to move 1-1 with our students. We saw districts that tried and failed because of poor planning, poor training, poor infrastructure, or a combination thereof. It was decided to take a more measured approach. The first step was to get the right people in place. Three years ago RCISD hired Zach Snow as the Instructional Technology Coordinator and did the crazy thing of placing him not in the technology department, but the newly reorganized curriculum department head by Assistant Superintendent Julia Robinson. This is a seemingly small distinction, but if the focus was going to be on instruction and not on the technology, then department placement is key." (Sourced from http://www.connectedforlearning.org/blog/2016/08/30/cs_story/)

In this conversation Kasey and Chrome Squad discuss the following:

  • New additions to the Squad
  • Impact of the Chrome Squad
  • How being on the Squad has impacted the current and former students
  • How to start a program like this at your school
Resources

The Chrome Squad

Google Teacher Podcast Mailbag

Chuck Day (Castleford Idaho) -- Trying to get Bitmoji to work with Chromebooks. It would be a great way to personalize learning, create presentations to demonstrate knowledge, use avatars to create slide shows, etc. Can’t sync up with Chromebooks. Works through Google Play Store. 

Mark Rupe (Dinuba, California)-- Matt, you mentioned in episode 96 that Jamboard can input files from Google drive. Also, I could be wrong, but you mentioned the Jamboard could be pushed out via Google Classroom. Question: Were you talking about the mobile version of the app? I went to jamboard.google.com and began "playing." Love Jamboard thanks to you and Kasey. However, I can't find buttons, menu items, etc. to do the above? Can you import files such as a Slide deck? All I see is an icon for importing pictures from Google Drive! I know it's me. I know you are super busy, but please let me know what I'm doing wrong.

Our district is a Google district. Thanks to your podcast, I'm lobbying them to let all teachers and kids have access to this new addition to G-Suite. I think they just have to flip a switch. Great program. Thank you!! (32 years, started with one Apple IIe in a class of 31 kids!)

On The Blogs


Feb 10, 2020
Digital Citizenship Resources for All Levels - GTP105
30:23

Before we start today’s show, we wanted to make a quick announcement. The podcast is undergoing a name change. It’s a small one, but an important one. We’ve decided to shorten the show’s name to be called the Google Teacher Podcast. We’ve heard from several of you that there are problems with including the word “tribe” in the name of the show. The last thing we want to do is create a show that is disrespectful or offensive to anyone -- especially in its name.

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

Digital citizenship refers to the responsible use of technology by anyone who uses computers, the Internet, and digital devices to engage with society on any level.

Be Internet Legends 

Be Internet Awesome 

Interland Game

ISTE Standards-Aligned Curriculum

Pear Deck Curriculum

Google Classroom: Assign Interland to specific classes or sections, or simply make the resource available to all your students in the form of a class announcement.

Interland for School Chromebooks: G Suite administrators can seamlessly make Interland available to students directly from their school Chromebook taskbar.

Teacher Training Course

Educator Resources 

Google Teacher Podcast Mailbag

Kate Whittaker (Pennsylvania) -- This is in response to the mailbag question about using YouTube Live to stream concerts and performances. If you want to stream these, you should double-check what rights were purchased for the performance. When I was a video teacher we were not allowed to record most plays because only the rights to perform the play were purchased. The rights to video/audio record are usually separate and more expensive. Although it's been a while since I taught video, I wouldn't be surprised if streaming rights need to be purchased.

Mike Brilla (Philadelphia) -- My middle school is on a six-day cycle. How can we set-up Google Calendar to update our six-day cycle calendar if changes need to be made? If we miss school for a snow day, we must change every day for the rest of the year on the calendar. Please help!

On The Blogs


Feb 03, 2020
Don't Ditch That Tech! - GTT104
48:48

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

Nate Ridgway is a tech-loving history teacher in Indianapolis, Indiana. He specializes in lesson design and differentiation and also is licensed in Special Education Mild Interventions. He's taught in both middle school and high school settings, but currently is enjoying teaching World History & Dual Credit U.S. History. He is currently finishing a Master's degree in History at the University of Indianapolis.

Angie Ridgway began her career in middle and high school Spanish teaching. She's now working with future secondary teachers and new faculty members at the University of Indianapolis. Her passion lies in supporting new teachers' work in the implementation of original pedagogies that strive to meet all students' needs. She holds an M.Ed. and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with areas of emphasis in secondary education and Spanish.

The Five Principles of Don’t Ditch That Tech

  1. Technology should be used to enhance students’ learning and should rely on evidence-based practices. There is no substitute for great teaching or great student-to-teacher relationships.
  2. Technology should help us work with content in interactive, meaningful ways.
  3. Technology should help teachers and students cross varied developmental levels. 
  4. Technology should eventually empower students to be designers of their own learning. The goal is for students to become critical thinkers and life-long learners.
  5. Technology should promote reflection and metacognition.

Iorad - online tutorial builder 

A Dangerously Powerful EdTech App: iorad (from Teaching from the Ridge blog)

Dotstorming -- Dotstorming takes the process of dot voting online to allow groups of people to collaborate on a topic.

Penzu Journal -- A private, 100% customizable online journal.

Twitter: @TeachFromRidge

Website: http://www.teachingfromtheridge.com/

Resources

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

Melanie Samson-Cormie (Edmonton CA) -- Loves Google Classroom, but Moodle is so visual. Add HTML. Teaches grades 5 and 6. It can be tough to navigate. Tips for making it more visual or easier to navigate. 

http://christinepinto.com/2017/07/23/titling-assignments-for-littles/

On The Blogs


Jan 27, 2020
10+ Ways to Share Google Files - GTT103
39:10

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

You can share the files and folders that you store in Google Drive with anyone.

When you share from Google Drive, you can control whether people can edit, comment on, or only view the file.

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

Jennifer Conti (Ohio) -- Listened to episode on YouTube. YouTube Audio Library. They have a live studio where they do announcements. Lesson yesterday: students go into audio library and pull out sound effects or audio clips that they could use on “Good Morning Mustangs”. Found sound effects for weather and for bells ringing for all-school mass. Came in handy and was able to use it right away! (FYI - GTT uses the “Cockpit” audio for our podcast)

Kathy Hilby (Wisconsin) (YouTube live for schools) -- Great episode on YouTube tips and tricks!  Some questions that arose while listening… Do you know if schools are using YouTube Live to share concerts or performances?  Not having used it myself, I'm wondering if it would be appropriate.
Check out Streamyard.com

Finally, not necessarily a question but more of a comment.  The tip to insert videos in Google Slides to avoid the "suggested videos" is great!  I'm wondering if this could be an efficient way for teachers to organize videos instead of using a playlist.  It allows notes about the video to be added in the speaker notes. Plus, the presentation could be easily shared among grade level team members so they could add videos they find too.

On The Blogs


Jan 13, 2020
YouTube Tricks for Teachers - GTT102
39:16

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

  • Stephanie Nasso (Gunnison CO) -- I just found the Google Teacher Tribe podcast. It's like finding a new favorite show on Netflix and there's already 5 seasons. I'm so excited to hear all of the tips you guys have on how to incorporate tech into my high school math class! Thanks guys!
  • Stephanie Fitzpatrick (Chicago) -- I know there was mention of google expeditions coming to chromebooks, is there a date that this will come to chromebook platform? (Expeditions page on Google for Education)
  • Lisa Scumpieru (Hagerstown, MD) -- Hello. I listened to episode 99 and I liked the idea of Jamboard as a portfolio system. I have not used it as a portfolio system, but I think that it most definitely could be used in that manner. This is how I think it could work:
    • Set up a Jamboard with pages that have two pages per marking period to start. Have one page named "Best Work and Reflection" and the other page as "Goals".
      • Best Work - students would bring it in from their Drive.
      • Reflection - placed on a post-it next to the work.
      • Goals - This would be student choice - let them draw their goals or find pictures to represent what they will do for the next marking period. Have them add one post-it explaining their work. 
    • To go a step further with this, have the students screencast their Jams explaining their portfolio and then add it to Google Classroom or even a Google Site.
    • Note: When a teacher sets up the Jamboard template, all they need to do is add the link in Google Classroom and Make a Copy for each student. On the teachers Jamboard, each student shows up as a separate Jam. Teachers can pop-in and check the students' work as they are doing it. If you would like me to record this, I would be willing to do that, but I wasn't sure if it would be too long. 

On The Blogs


Jan 06, 2020
Creating with Google Earth - GTT101
35:13

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

E16: Tour the World with the New Google Earth

Create your own maps and stories in Google Earth

5 Tips to Start Creating with Google Earth (FREE PDF from Google) - CHEAT SHEET

Creating Stories About the World

LitTrips

https://arvr.google.com/tourcreator/

Creating with Google Earth: 10 ideas to try (Ditch That Textbook blog)

  • Identify important locations in a story/history
  • Show the timeline of a person’s life
  • Relive a trip
  • Do a “Day in the Life” project
  • Tell a fictional story
  • Do place-based math problems
  • Do a collaborative class map
  • Create a yearbook/newspaper supplement
  • Create a school/district resource about other schools
  • Create a “where are they now?” map

Some features in Google Earth’s creation tools:

  • Placemarks
  • Lines and shapes
  • Street View
  • Slides
  • Present

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

Dianne Miller Duncan (Southern California) -- How can I use Google Classroom or other Google tools for independent study students? Teachers have a variety of grades on the roster. Setting up one google classroom would be hard.

Thanks to Brian Briggs for sharing this #createwithchrome Google advent activity: bit.ly/CreateAdvent

On The Blogs


Dec 16, 2019
REPLAY: The Power of Hyperdocs and Lesson Design with Lisa Highfill – GTT072

Check out the original show notes: https://googleteachertribe.com/72

Dec 09, 2019
Google Teacher Tribe Behind-the-Scenes - GTT100
01:12:52

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

We are finally at episode 100 of the podcast! This episode features Matt, Kasey, and producer Chris Nesi! Chris leads Matt and Kasey in a conversation that reflects on the run of this podcast through 100 episodes and provides some Google-goodness as well!

Topics discussed:

  • What have Matt and Kasey learned as hosts of this podcast?
  • Favorite Episodes:
  • Favorite Memories from creating the podcast?
  • Guest(s) you would like to have on in the future?
  • Matt and Kasey shared their 'Because of this pocast..." stories.
  • What Google topic would you like to cover but haven't?
  • What Google tool(s) do Matt and Kasey struggle with?

The conversation also featured an Ask Me Anything (AMA) segment where Matt and Kasey answered questions from Mike Brilla, Mike Mohammad, and Erin Kiger.

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

  • Mike Mohammad - Congrats on 100!
  • Shelly Stanton (@StantonShelly) - Looking for fun ways to introduce Google Classroom to students.
  • Janna Bonds - Curious to know how to restrict access to Google Forms.

On The Blogs


Dec 02, 2019
Google Time-Savers - GTT099
39:04

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

Chrome

Docs

Google Classroom

Google Keep

Gmail

  • Use filters to organize and get only the messages you want
  • Use your mobile app instead of your browser

10 Time Saving Tips and Tools for Teachers

Time savers for teachers: A more efficient you!

Quick Google Forms time savers for teachers
Gather data by making Forms for yourself

 

 

10 Google Classroom time savers for teachers
Find student work by using Google Drive
Adjust notification settings

10 tips to use Google Classroom effectively and efficiently

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

Guy Winters (Ramsey, MN) -- I had thought about Captions in Slides only as a feature used by a teacher when giving a presentation, but the comment from Jenn Conti about students using Captions opened my mind to new opportunities. The student can take control rather than waiting (or asking) the teacher to start captions, can start captions while the class is watching a video without captions, and have captioned conversations with teachers or peers. This would also make good speech practice for English language learners, debate team members, drama and speech students, and students with speech or hearing impairments; the teacher can build a deck of slides with words or phrases and the students can practice on their own.

Beth Kostka (Georgia) -- Thanks for a wonderful episode.  I listened to your podcast this week and was shocked to realize that I have access to jamboard with G-suite for education (I had no clue). I have now been playing around with it and LOVE it.  I am wondering if any teachers have ever tried to use Jamboard as a "digital portfolio"? I am thinking that each sheet could be a unit and students upload pictures, reflections, and models/drawings to show their thinking. I would love to hear if this has been tried.  I am thinking about trying it and would prefer not to reinvent the wheel.

On The Blogs


Nov 25, 2019
All About Google Certifications - GTT098
40:04

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

4 Google Certifications for Educators

  • Google Certified Educator Level 1
  • Google Certified Educator Level 2
  • Google Certified Trainer
  • Google Certified Innovator

Episode 28 with Mason Mason

Google Teacher Center

  • Fundamentals Training for Level 1
  • Advanced Training for Level 2
  • Certified Trainer Course

FREE eBook: The Complete Guide to Google Certifications

FREE Webinar: How to Get Google Certified

Benefits of Google Certifications - 10 Reasons to Become a Google Certified Educator

FREE Google Certified Educator Toolkits

FREE eBook: How to Become a Google Certified Trainer

6 Steps to Google Certified Trainer

Everything You Wanted to Know About the Google Certified Trainer Application

Google Certified Trainer FAQ

Google Certification Tips and FAQ (YouTube playlist)

Kasey’s Courses - Only open twice a year! (May and November)

Enrollment window open Nov. 19-Dec. 3!

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

Steve Dutcher (Okinawa, Japan) -- Trying to find a way to print student essays from Google Docs for exemplars board, but include feedback in comments. I tried to batch print essays from Drive. Downloaded them to a computer in a zip file. Opened in Word doc. Batch printed from Word. Word said it included comments. I was able to print comments on the side through Windows.

Jen Giffen (Toronto, Canada) -- Solution for Jen Green, copying all folders and subfolders in someone’s drive. A colleague created a Chrome extension -- files and folder copier. G Suite marketplace. Takes the entire folder no matter who owns it, creates full copy, copier becomes an owner. Everything displayed in the spreadsheet. It doesn’t work very well with Shared Drive. The creator claims you can do that though.

On The Blogs


Nov 18, 2019
Using Google Tools in Primary Grades - GTT097
41:58

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

To use Google Classroom or Not?

  • Chromebooks
  • iPads/Tablets

Yes, Kinder+ can use Google Sheets! http://christinepinto.com/2017/01/28/models-and-equations-in-google-sheets/

Collaborate with older grades

Google Apps for Littles by Alice Keeler and Christine Pinto

Drag and Drop activities in Slides

Alice Keeler’s Templates for Elementary Math

20 G Suite templates for K-2 from Kris Szajner

Susan Stewart: K2 Can Chromebook Too (Taking screenshots can open a world of possiblilities!)

Video calls with authors, experts, other classes

#k2cando

#GAFE4littles

Episode 6 with Christine Pinto

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

Jenn Conti (Cuyahoga Falls, OH) -- Podcast smashing. Use closed captioning in Google Slides. Smashed with Jake Miller’s EDU Duct Tape podcast philosophy of using tech to solve a problem in the classroom. A friend at another school to close caption morning broadcast for hearing impaired students. Tested at her school. Students open Google Slide, turn on closed captioning and picked up the voice of students on broadcast, showed it on the screen. The perfect fix for the problem! Thanks for all you do through GTT! Congrats on 1 million downloads!

On The Blogs


Nov 11, 2019
Using Jamboard for Digital Thinking - GTT096
38:31

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

Google Jamboard - Unleash your team’s creativity with Jamboard. Sketch your ideas whiteboard-style while benefiting from the access and connectivity of an interactive canvas. Drop images, add notes and pull assets directly from the web while collaborating with team members from anywhere.

Jamboard unlocks your team’s creative potential with real-time co-authoring. Experience unhindered productivity, whether your team is in the same room using multiple Jamboards, or across the world using the Jamboard app on mobile.

With Jamboard’s incredibly responsive and accurate display, it feels natural to draw and sketch the way you would on a traditional whiteboard. Enrich your brainstorm with the best of Google Search and your team’s work in G Suite: Grab images and content from the web and bring them straight into your jam; pull in work from Docs, Sheets, and Slides; even add photos stored in Drive.

Matt and Kasey discuss...

Jamboard hardware v. software

Jamboard Features:

  • Import from Drive
  • Collaborate
  • Move and resize
  • Accessibility tools
  • Drawing tools -- Autodraw built-in
  • Add clips from the web

Jamboard Lesson Ideas:

Jamboard Resources:

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

Jennifer Gream (Kentucky) -- 650 students. Needs to force a copy of a folder with subfolders inside it and documents. I can’t find a way to force the copy. https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/copy-folder/kfbicpdhiofpicipfggljdhjokjblnhl?hl=en

Craig Klement (Texas) -- Finish Google Form when running out of time. Put in Google Classroom. In settings: limit to one response/edit after submit. Students submit the form. When back to class, go back to Google Classroom, click on form link, where students left off. Required questions: Make an option that says “not finished yet”.

On The Blogs


Nov 04, 2019
How to Create and Assign Templates in G Suite - GTT095
42:33

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

Making templates to assign to students through Google Classroom …

  • Blog post: How to create classroom templates in Google Docs and Slides
  • What tool should you use? (Matt suggests Google Slides.)
  • Locking items down using background images
  • Assigning templates to students with Google Classroom
  • Making a copy (or a force copy link)
  • Re-using templates to save time next time

HyperDocs -- Step by step templates to guide students through the learning process

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

Chelsey Greer (Connecticut) - Students need assessments read aloud. Easier way to add to Google Form quizzes? Record self, upload to YouTube, insert video. Easier way? FYI: Add-ons are blocked in her district. 

  • Read&Write for Google Chrome
  • Screencastify 
  • YouTube: Link to specific time in video
  • Talk to your special education staff about what you may have available

Kelsey Jones (California) I've been listening to your podcast during my commute and love all the ideas you've been sharing! My goal is to incorporate Google into my classroom and reduce as much paper as possible. I've been using Google Forms for assessments, I love how it can auto-grade. My question is, do you guys know if there is a way for students to save their work while using Forms? For example, if they have a 30 question assignment and they are only able to get to 10 of the problems. Is there a way for them to save what they've done and resume where they left off later?

https://alicekeeler.com/2019/07/17/google-forms-finish-filling-out-later/

On The Blogs


Oct 28, 2019
REPLAY - Meet the Chrome Squad - GTT008
20:34

This is a REPLAY of episode 8 from March 13, 2017.

Matt and Kasey speak with Royse City High School’s Student Chrome Squad! Students Tyler Crumrine, Britni Sanchez, Bryan Barnes, Caleb Fay and their teacher advisor and Innovative Learning Specialist, Cody Holt discuss what the Chrome Squad is, how it began and the challenges they face.

Cody Holt spent 11 years as a high school Language Arts before transitioning to the world of instructional technology. As an Innovative Learning Specialist for Royse City ISD Cody gets to help teachers navigate instruction in a digital age; specifically how to incorporate digital tools to positively impact learning.

You access the show notes by visiting https://googleteachertribe.com/8

Oct 21, 2019
Teaching Students Google Skills - GTT094
39:50

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

Applied Digital Skills Curriculum and Resources from Google (late elementary and up)

Tips for working with students with G Suite:

  • Create low-stakes practice opportunities before using for a grade
  • Praise students when they discover something others can use
  • Don’t be afraid to try something new even if you don’t perfectly understand it
  • Know what the student side of things looks like

#GAfE4Littles

Resources

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

Stephanie DeMichele (Ohio)

Ryan Lindsay (Australia) -- Put all of his Google Chrome ideas into school Dungeons and Dragons club. Integrate rich use of Google Classroom to manage. Chat and share links. First steps of Docs and Sheets, homework, put together stories. Sheets as an XP tracker (hand in homework), shows kids how formulas work. Lucid Press, Canva, visual design. Google Summit: Flipgrid. Student voice as a retelling of what the characters have done, drama. Previous adventures and retelling it.

On The Blogs

Matt

Kasey


Oct 14, 2019
Using Google Tools for PD and Training - GTT093
44:26

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

  • Google Sites for workshops
    • Links to EVERYTHING -- presentations, notes, activities, additional resources
    • For multiple days, organize pages by day
    • Embed slides, docs, etc. to make it easier to access and view
    • Link to outside resources in the menu
    • Links to all activities
    • One-stop shop
  • Give them ONE LINK that includes everything!
  • Published Google Slides
  • Collaborative notes with Google Docs (or Slides)
  • Using Google Classroom tips
    • Not recommended for anything less than a day with a mixed group from different schools--unless it’s your main topic.
    • Coaches/Trainers: keep a class going all year with your teachers
    • Blended book studies
    • Blended PD with Google Classroom episode coming next week on The Shake Up Learning Show
  • FREE Google Certified Trainer resources

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

  • Melissa Burns, 4th grade, Clinton SC -- Wants to do a digital interactive notebook with Google Slides. How to add additional slides after assigning the initial notebook?
  • Michele Koper (Wisconsin) -- I love listening to your podcast every week. I've gotten so many ideas that I've been able to share with staff. After listening to your PD tips (which I completely agree with- especially the problem-solution topic), I just couldn't resist emailing about the meatloaf comparison. Instead of meatloaf, I like to think of it as a smoothie that I'm able to throw some greens into. Thought I'd just pass along a more appetizing visual :)

Oct 07, 2019
10 Tips for Google Trainings and PD - GTT092
45:29

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

Matt’s recent post: 27 tips to deliver powerful professional development

  • Share all sides of a tech tool: If you’re doing technology professional development, it’s always helpful for teachers to see the student side of a tool as well as the teacher side. If they can see how the initial setup works, that’s even better.
  • Go deep rather than wide: “60 apps in 60 minutes.” I’ve attended these sessions at conferences. I’ve delivered them! Many times, I think they’re “edu-tainment” more than actual professional development. It just creates a passing familiarity with lots of apps rather than actual implementation and change. I love to go deep — learn a new strategy or tool, practice it, discuss implementation — rather than wide. Sticking on one or two impactful ideas is powerful. It can empower teachers to be ready to start using a new idea when they leave rather than just knowing about it.
  • Use the meatloaf approach to PD: When we have meatloaf for dinner, my kids know what they are getting. They like the way meatloaf tastes. However, if my wife and I want to make the meatloaf a little more nutritious, we may grind up broccoli or cauliflower and sneak it into the mix. That way, they are getting the taste they want but also a little extra nutrition. Professional development should be the same way. If I’m talking about a teaching strategy or digital tool, I love to model it in a fun way. When I demonstrate Flipgrid, I ask teachers to record me videos of where I should eat dinner that evening. They learn the tool without even realizing they’ve learned it. The task can be fun and also teach them something. It’s kind of like mixing cauliflower into meatloaf.
  • Use the problem/solution framework: Ask yourself, “What are the problems these educators face? What’s the problem that this solves?” Then, use that as a guide. Show them how your ideas solve that problem for them.
  • They might forget what you said, but they won’t forget how you made them feel.” For many teachers, professional development is a drag. It makes them feel adequate. They might feel like the person leading PD doesn’t understand them and their situation. I take every opportunity to make them feel welcome. Appreciated. Capable. I smile a LOT. If someone struggles, I help them feel like the struggle is easily fixed. If they make a mistake, I help them to feel that it’s no big deal. If something goes wrong and it’s not their fault, I make sure they know it’s not their fault and they did everything as they were supposed to. Anxiety negatively affects our neurologically-based skills. Anything we can do to reduce anxiety — in adults and in children! — helps.

Kasey: How to Design Google PD That Works - a framework for trainers

On The Blogs


Sep 30, 2019
Give G Suite Superpowers with Add-Ons - GTT091
36:48

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

Add-ons are customized extensions of G Suite productivity applications such as Gmail, Google Sheets, and Google Docs. Add-ons are built using Apps Script—a rapid application development platform based on JavaScript that lets you create business and productivity applications quickly and easily.

With Add-ons you can do the following:

  • Add customized functionality to G Suite applications such as Gmail.
  • Boost your workflow efficiency when working with G Suite.
  • Use Apps Script services to easily control and move data between Google applications.
  • Connect to non-Google services within G Suite applications, allowing you to retrieve or upload data from those services into and from G Suite.
  • Create custom interfaces (sidebars, menus, and dialogs) that are displayed within the G Suite application the add-on extends, potentially removing the need for a user to switch browser tabs when working with multiple applications.

You can create add-ons for your personal use, for use within your organization, or publish them to the G Suite Marketplace where millions of users and domain administrators can find and install them
(source: https://developers.google.com/gsuite/add-ons/overview).

Our Favorite G Suite Add-Ons

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

Lindsay Shields (California) -- I had to comment on the new Classroom updates after listening to [episode 90]. My district beta tests the new updates to Google, so I have been using the grades feature since last spring. I love it. The grades page allows me to easily see who has turned in assignments, which assignments need grading and who has turned work in late. I no longer have to click on each assignment in Classroom for this. I also import grades from Classroom to our SIS system (Aeries). It is truly a timesaver. To effectively do this, you need to first create the assignment in both Classroom and Aeries. It helps to have the same number of points in both Classroom and Aeries. Once you have graded the assignment, you need to return it in Classroom. This makes the grades "official." Once you have done that, then you go to your grade book in your SIS system. It is truly magic! It saves me so much time. I use Forms for bell work and I can import the scores from Forms to Classroom, return the grades to students and then import the scores to Aeries. I can grade several classes of warm-ups in minutes. I also just started using the rubric feature. So far it is easy to create a rubric and score the assignment.

Beth Evans (via SpeakPipe) -- How to fill out forms in everyday life. Name, age, birthday, gender, etc. When filling out a form once, an option of using autofill. How do you shut off autofill?

On The Blogs


Sep 23, 2019
A Summer of Google Updates - GTT90
27:34

Google News and Updates FOR SUMMER 2019

Summer 2019 was a busy time for Google and Google for Education. The links below are related to what was discussed in episode 90 of the podcast.

Classroom

Docs

Sheets

Slides

Forms

Drive, etc.

Keyword

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

We invite you to contribute to the podcast with your Google tips, tricks, and questions. Visit our Feedback page for a number of ways of reaching out to the show!

On The Blogs


Sep 16, 2019
Tips from the Tribe (Vol. 4) - GTT089
37:43

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

In this episode, we celebrate all of you who listen by sharing tips and tricks submitted by listeners like you!

  • Sarah Kiefer (OH)
  • Blake Bray (TX)
  • Stephanie Skrocki (NJ)
  • Susan Vincentz (KY/IN)
  • Pam Hubler (SC)
  • Stephanie Howell (OH)
  • Rayna Freedman (MA)
  • Lee Tucker (GA)

On The Blogs


May 27, 2019
End of the Year Google Classroom Cleanup - GTT088
42:56

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

It's the end of another school year or you're approaching the end of the year and either way you should consider cleaning up Google Classroom and Drive.

  • Return all work, grade it if you need to
  • Archive Classes
  • Clean-up Folders in Drive
  • Create new folders for the things you want to keep and move things over
  • Create a folder for exemplary work
  • Do NOT Delete the Classroom Folder
  • Do NOT Delete from Shared with Me
  • Delete Old Class Calendars
  • Reflect on your Google Classroom practices, collaborate with others for ideas

How to Create a Google Classroom Template (for next year)

https://alicekeeler.com/2016/05/31/google-classroom-clean-folders/

https://alicekeeler.com/2018/05/25/google-classroom-archive-class/

https://alicekeeler.com/2018/07/17/school-is-out-7-tips-to-clean-up-your-g-suite/

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

  • KD Meucci (on the blog) -- I'm trying to access Jamboard, but it says my access is denied and to contact my systems admin. I'm getting some pushback, is there any reason not to give access? Also, my admin doesn't understand the platform and thinks I'm asking to purchase an actual Jamboard. From the podcast, it sounds like Jamboard is just like Padlet, but within G Suites. Help?!!
  • Dana Klement (Texas) -- long time listener, google trainer certification, excited to help teachers see power of Google tools, wants students to be set up for success, eighth grade in small school district, will have had the same drive since kindergarten, wants to train students to use g suite going into high school, last two weeks, streamline … set eighth graders up for success in high school, key features, extensions, organizational tips and tricks to help them to be set up for success?

On The Blogs


May 20, 2019
Summer Learning Opportunities - GTT087
39:30

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

Get Google Certified This Summer!

The Google Certification Academies open for limited enrollment on May 21, 2019!

There are three courses designed to fit your needs:

These courses are designed to walk you through the process and give you everything you need to know to pass the exam.

But don’t miss this opportunity! These courses only open twice a year.

Enrollment opens on May 21, 2019, and will close at 11:59 PM CST on June 4, 2019.

If you miss this window, you have to wait until November!

***Join the WAITLIST to get the latest information delivered to your inbox!

The Tech to Learn Online Course

Tech to Learn is an online course dedicated to helping YOU identify ways to use technology to move the needle for learning ... to amplify and boost what's happening in your classroom.

In this course, we will cover ...

  • SIX areas where technology can truly boost learning in the classroom
  • How technology can be paired with sound, solid teaching practices
  • Practical examples you can implement in your class immediately

Plus, in this course, you'll also get ...

  • More than seven hours of video instruction with Matt Miller of Ditch That Textbook
  • Downloadable checklists and guides to help you succeed
  • Four BONUS mini-modules on key topics like productivity and cheating

Until the end of May, Google Teacher Tribe listeners can get 50 percent off the price of the course! Click here to enroll, and find the “MAY SALE” discount option to check out.

Check out the FREE video series on teaching meaningfully with technology!

Get even more information about this course by clicking here.

Other online courses to check out:

Free online digital summits and conferences

The best of ISTE without going to ISTE

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

Laura Steinbrink (Missouri)

Nanci Greene

On The Blogs


May 13, 2019
Conquer Summer Learning with Google Tools - GTT086
37:56

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

Collaborative Notes with Docs or Slides

  • Buddy up with your team or friends and take collaborative notes.
  • When everyone attends different sessions, you all walk away with collective knowledge and resources.
  • Docs suggestion - Create a table of contents or divide the pages in a way that makes sense. Tables are also handy. (Kasey’s Alan November story.)
  • Slides suggestion - New slide for each session gives natural division to your notes.

Google Keep

  • Take notes in Keep, share with your team or teacher friends
  • Use the Keep extension to add bookmarks of resources and presentations
  • Add audio, photos, or even annotate or draw
  • Use the mobile app and add notes with dictation on the fly
  • Grab text from a photo of a presenter slide or (gasp!) paper handout
  • Google Keep Cheat Sheet
  • Personalize Google Keep for You and Your Students

Chrome

  • Use Chrome bookmarks and bookmark manager to save all your links and organize into a folder for the conference.

Google Photos

  • Lots of people take pictures of links and presenter slides (as well as selfies)
  • Sync new photos to your Google Photos collection
  • Create an album and share with others

Jamboard

  • Can use the web app without an interactive panel
  • There’s a mobile app, too
  • Swap between devices
  • Take photos with your phone, draw with your finger
  • Draw with a stylus and add sticky notes on the app with a tablet
  • Use dictation tools (voice typing) to add text quickly
  • Integrates with Google Photos AND Google image search
  • Collaborate with others
  • View notes across platforms

Hangouts Chat

  • Backchannel to stay connected with your peeps.
  • Discuss and share ideas and questions.

Edcamp.org

How to Maximize the Edcamp Experience

15 building blocks to a meaningful conference experience

Wakelet

  • Grab social media posts (tweets, etc.) and add to a Wakelet collection
  • Take your notes in Wakelet, adding text with titles above each session you go to
  • Adding links creates a website card instead of just a link, giving you a preview
  • Embed videos
  • Upload a PDF (session materials)
  • Also, add previous posts (bookmarks) to your collection
  • Collaborative Wakelet collections: create shared notes with buddies or colleagues

Evernote

  • Create a notebook for the conference
  • Take notes and use the web clipper to save all the links and notes in one space.
  • Add images and audio
  • Searchable (even text in images)

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

  • Sarah Kiefer (Speakpipe)
  • Cam Ross (Melbourne, Australia) -- Just re-listened to Episode 18 to learn some more about what Google Slides can do, and came across the DriveSlides Chrome extension. What an amazing tool, and one that I have been able to use with the family pics at home but also with school-based projects. Keep up the amazing work, as I am learning so much each and every episode.

On The Blogs


May 06, 2019
Accessibility Tools, Tips, and Tricks for Google - GTT085
35:01

A G Suite user guide to accessibility!

Google News and Updates:

Google Accessibility Features:

https://www.google.com/accessibility/ - FULL LIST!

G Suite user guide to accessibility

Adapting to the needs of learners, educators and schools with Chromebooks

Accessibility is a key part of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) guidelines

  • “to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn”

Chrome Browser

Chromebooks

Docs

Slides

Hangouts

Slides

Mailbag:

Alex Tougas (Annapolis, MD) -- Google Forms: can’t break quiz up in sections or save as you go. Workaround? Google form for summative assessment -- like 50 questions.

Kamilee Jorgenson (Rangely, Colorado) -- Is it possible to go into Calendar, search for, and extract particular events? I am using my calendar to record my times driving a route for the school. Is it possible to go into Calendar, find all of that particular event, and then export them to a different document?

Export from Calendar (ICS)

Export to Sheets

On the Blogs:

Matt:60 tips to spark creative lesson ideas

Kasey: 60 Tools to Inspire Students with Chromebooks

Apr 29, 2019
What's Going On At Google? - GTT084
38:00

Google News and Updates

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

  • Rebecca (@tccsapd) on Twitter -- Save a webpage to your @googledrive instead of printing! I just found this by accident. 😳 Simply change your print destination to Google Drive and the web page you are looking at becomes a PDF. Or follow these steps:
    https://support.google.com/cloudprint/answer/2541913?hl=en
  • Joe Marquez (@JoeMarquez70) on Twitter -- Are you an @PearDeck fan and have been dying to use the closed captioning feature during a PearDeck lesson? Here is the way to do it :) https://youtu.be/5kcCITjhkRY
  • Bailee Sandsmark -- Update fitness scores through Google Form to Sheet and Autocrat runs them a report. Would like to use the same form to the same sheet, but when it goes to Autocrat, wants most recent data and all data graphed.

On The Blogs


Apr 22, 2019
How to Create Google Sites Templates with Joe Marquez - GTT083
42:28

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Joe Marquez is a passionate educator who loves nothing more than to discover new ways to motivate and engage students.

Technology has been the spark which has ignited his exploration into next-generation educational technology and pushed him into becoming a leader and technology coach for the Clovis Unified School District.

Joe is now a K-12 Education Strategist for CDW-G helping educators across the US reach their full potential with devices in the classroom. His innovating spirit, outgoing attitude and outrageous personality has earned him the coveted titles of Certified Google Innovator, Certified Google Trainer, Prezi Educational Society member, PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator, Nearpod PioNEAR, Remind Connected Educator and Advisory Board Member, Quiver Ambassador, Common Sense Ambassador, Flipgrid Ambassador, Microsoft Innovative Educator, CUE Rockstar Teacher Faculty and CUE Lead Learner. Recently Joe was the recipient of the CVCUE 2014 Educator of the Year Award, the prestigious Clovis Unified Crystal Award and featured speaker at the California Teachers Summit in 2015, 2106 and 2017. 

Resources

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

  • Blake Bray (Texas) -- YES!!!! Duplicate copies! That's why y'all have a podcast... genius! Thanks!
  • Allison Fluet (Maine) -- I was very impressed with myself when I heard Matt recommend a Google Slides workaround that I’ve been using. It was in response to Blake from Texas and how to get his slides to auto advance (duplicate slides and publish to the web). So, I have that system in place to run my classroom schedule but when I’m gone I have my laptop with me. I have an iPad that I leave behind for my sub but I cannot get Slides to autoplay an inserted video that I’m using as a transition song for my students to know it’s time to rotate in their math stations. Do you have any workarounds to get a video to autoplay When presented on Slides on an iPad?
  • Wendy Cohen (New York) -- When using multiple Google accounts in Chrome, right-click a link and choose “Open as …” to choose which account you’d like to use when opening the link. Can save you time from seeing the “You need access” error messages. How to Manage Multiple Google Accounts

On The Blogs


Apr 15, 2019
Apps That Integrate with Google Classroom - GTT082
36:52

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

Google Classroom is one of the nicest kids on the playground of education technology. There are many apps and websites that want to play with Google and Google is happy to play with so many of the other apps and sites that are enjoying the nice days and time to play.

Matt and Kasey share and discuss some great tools that are fine on their own but when they play Google we never want edtech recess to end!

Resources
  • Duolingo -- Many teachers and even entire governments around the world already view Duolingo as the perfect blended learning companion for their language classrooms. Duolingo lessons give each student personalized feedback and practice, preparing them to get the most out of classroom instruction.
  • Quizlet -- Quizlet makes simple learning tools that let you study anything. Start learning today with flashcards, games and learning tools — all for free. (See also 6 new ways to play a Quizlet Live game)
  • Quizizz -- This integration makes it seamless for teachers to assign Quizizz games to their class. Students can join a Quizizz game with one click and all their performance data is sent back to Classroom. (See also Gameshow Classroom: Comparing Kahoot!, Quizizz, Quizlet Live and Gimkit)
  • Edpuzzle: Make any video your lesson. Pick a video, add your magical touch and track your students’ understanding. With the EDpuzzle integration, teachers can automatically import all Classroom courses and students at sign up.
  • Flipgrid: Flipgrid is a website that allows teachers to create “grids” of short discussion-style questions that students respond to through recorded videos. Each grid is effectively a message board where teachers can pose a question and their students can post 90-second video responses that appear in a tiled “grid” display. Easily share links to Flipgrids and add them to assignments in Google Classroom. (See also Catch the Flipgrid Fever! 15+ ways to use Flipgrid in your class)
  • Insert Learning: InsertLearning is a Chrome extension that lets you turn websites into interactive lessons. You can add sticky notes, links, videos, discussion questions, multiple choice questions and more! Then easily share your lesson with students in Google Classroom. InsertLearning is featured in my FREE ebook: 18 Challenges for Teachers in 2018 (See also 4 Ways to Blend Learning with InsertLearning.)

See Kasey’s Full Blog post: 60+ Apps That Integrate with Google Classroom

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

Jennifer (New York) -- Mark from Wisconsin asked on episode 80 about turning off spell check to proofread a poorly written letter.

I have an assignment in Literature that requires the students to proofread a poorly written letter (roughly 50 mistakes) and make corrections. Is there a way to turn off Spell Check in the shared document? I have it turned off on the master copy, but when I send it out through Classroom, each of their Chromebooks turns Spell Check back on. Thanks!

Blake (Texas) -- Hey y'all, I'm a 1st-grade teacher in Texas and I listen to GTT on my way to work all the time. Then, I run in my classroom and write down the ideas you have sparked so that I can try them.

One of the ideas is to use slides as kind of an "auto-pilot" for a day when I may need a sub. I have 2 large screens in my room and the idea was to make a slide deck that would walk them through the day. (I've even considered uploading videos of myself teaching the lesson and explaining. Phonics, for example, is a difficult lesson to teach as a sub.) So, the sub walks in and opens the slide deck at 8am. and the slides have instructions/video/example ... the students do the work... and then the slide changes to a yellow background when there are 5 minutes left, then to the next thing on the agenda.

Yea, sounds like a neat thing to try to me too. But I can't use a slide deck because I can't set different times for the auto advance.

That was a long way to ask if you know of a way to set different times for each slide. I know I could use another presentation app but we live on the G suite at my school so sharing would be easier if I could find a work around on slides.

Thanks guys. Y'all are awesome! I'm off to drink my sweet tea before the fun times get back from P.E.

  • Make it into a video with Screencastify and advance as you’d like? Then play the video?
  • Duplicate slides and set auto-advance times for 1 min each

On The Blogs


Apr 08, 2019
Google For Enrichment & Free Time - GTT081
35:59

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

20 sites for students with free time on their hands

  • GeoGuessr — GeoGuessr uses Google Maps Street View to place you on the ground somewhere in the world in full panorama. The problem? You have NO idea where you are! You must use context clues to guess your location and pin it on a map. Choose to be dropped in certain continents, countries, cities, etc. … or make your own GeoGuessr game with GeoSettr!
  • Smarty Pins — Smarty Pins is kind of like GeoGuessr’s cousin. It asks questions from categories like arts and culture, science and geography, and history and current events. The answers are locations, and you must pin them on a map to answer. It makes geography a game, and the closer you guess, the better your score is.
  • A Google a Day — Most of us search the internet daily, if not multiple times per day. But effectively searching for something is a skill. A Google a Day challenges users to put their searching skills to the test by asking them to answer a question using Google search. With Google’s search education lesson plans you can take this game even further and begin teaching search literacy in your classroom.
  • Street View Treks — Google Maps Street View lets its users see what life is like from the road, in full panorama. Street View Treks take that same technology to some of the most spectacular locations in the world, from Mount Fuji to the Grand Canyon to the Taj Mahal in India. Swim underwater at the Great Barrier Reef or climb the El Capitan rock face at Yosemite National Park.
  • Google Arts and Culture — Discover exhibits and collections from museums and archives all around the world. Explore cultural treasures in extraordinary detail, from hidden gems to masterpieces. See super high-resolution images of some of the best works of art in the world. Walk world-famous museums. Examine historical happenings in detail.
  • Google Quick Draw! — Quick, Draw! tells you what to draw. Then, Google’s artificial intelligence tries to guess what you’re drawing. It’s a neat way to introduce students to artificial intelligence OR to look at how we convert words/ideas into images.
  • Emoji Scavenger Hunt - Emoji Scavenger Hunt is a super fun game from Google Experiments. Using the camera on your device, students identify emojis in the real world. The application uses artificial intelligence to try and determine what’s in the picture and see if it matches the emoji.
  • Autodraw - AI experiment that allows you to draw and tries to predict what you are drawing so you can then select a more professional image to add to your project.
  • Story Speaker - Combine the power of Google Docs with AI! Make interactive, talking stories without coding and play your story instantly on Google Home. What I love about this tool is that it will give you a “Choose Your Own Adventure,” story template in Google Docs, so that alone is worth exploring! Help students improve writing and get creative. Even if you don’t have a Google Home or cannot use it in your classroom, the Story Speaker tool and template are worth exploring!
  • Talk to Books - When you type in a question or a statement, the model looks at every sentence in over 100,000 books to find the responses that would most likely come next in a conversation. This is a really interesting way to help kids connect and learn with literature, discover new authors and books, and strike up some interesting conversations!
  • Made with Code - Made with Code is a program designed to help close the gender gap in the programming industry, and give girls and young women fun ways to learn how to code the things they love.
  • More tools and resources from Kasey: Stranger Google: Crazy Tools from the Upside Down

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

  • Matthew Reischer (NJ) - Google Forms/Quizzes question
  • Nancy Richards (North Hollywood, CA) - Thank-you for your great ideas, suggestions and tips, Matt and Kasey!

On The Blogs


Apr 01, 2019
Spring Break: Google Style - GTT080
39:29

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

Spring has finally sprung! Matt and Kasey share some great Google related things you can do on Spring Break or related to Spring Break!

Courses to Try Over Spring Break:

Books to Read Over Spring Break

Resources

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

  • Craig Klement (Garland, TX) -- Choice board on Google MyMaps: pins on different locations, students choose their own adventure, detail the activities in the pin, layers to highlight the route that they took on their adventure.
  • Mark (Wisconsin) -- I have an assignment in Literature that requires the students to proofread a poorly written letter (roughly 50 mistakes) and make corrections. Is there a way to turn off Spell Check in the shared document? I have it turned off on the master copy, but when I send it out through Classroom, each of their Chromebooks turns Spell Check back on. Thanks

On The Blogs


Mar 25, 2019
What G Suite is Capable of with Lissa Brunan - GTT079
39:42

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Lissa Brunan is the owner and Chief Engagement Officer (CEO) of Engaging TECHniques & Adjunct Professor for Grand Valley State University. She has worked in the field of education her entire career. Before focusing her passion and energy in the world of professional development, she had six years of experience teaching in a middle school classroom. Lissa's main objective is to design, develop, and facilitate professional development focused on understanding and applying educational technology into the classroom to increase student engagement and learning.

Lissa is a Google Certified Trainer, Flipgrid Ambassador, BreakoutEDU Certified Trainer, EdPuzzle Coach, Kahoot Gold Certified Educator, Screencastify Master Screencaster, and a Pear Deck Certified Coach.

Google Certifications: Google Certified Educator Level 1, Google Certified Educator Level 2, Google Certified Trainer

Google “Spark”: I dabble and played for years, but I went all in about 3 years ago when I drove 2 hours to do a training/presentation for a school and my stomach dropped when I realized I saved my PowerPoint presentation on my work desktop computer, not on my laptop, and there was no way to access it. NEVER AGAIN! Started learning and didn't look back.

CONNECT

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LissaBrunan

Website: https://sites.google.com/view/engagingtechniques

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

Jake Miller (Ohio) -- Replacing boring old bullet points with emoji.

Debbie -- When students are actively using pages that the teacher creates (like matching games, etc.), they are not in presentation mode, correct? So, in this case, what is the purpose of presentation mode? In other words, why did you choose Slides for the activity? Not trying to be rude. Just don't understand. Please explain.

On The Blogs


Mar 18, 2019
Google My Maps for Activities in Your Classroom - GTT078
36:34

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

MyMaps

Resources from Google

Through Google My Maps students can explore the basics of cartography, share information about local communities and far-flung destinations. The map is their canvas on which they can build with points, lines, and polygons, and they can go as far as their imagination leads them.

In your Google Drive, go to NEW>MORE and select MY MAPS.

  • Dropping pins
  • Measuring distances (distance = rate x time, etc.) … measure and take a screenshot?
  • Layers (biomes, animals, etc.)
  • Poly tool to determine area/perimeter
  • Locations for sports / extracurriculars
  • Plotting locations where you’ve done video calls
  • Amazing Race with Forms and MyMaps
  • Create a map of the journey of a character from a novel
  • Tell a story, non-fiction, fiction, personal

20 ways Google MyMaps can enhance lessons in any class

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

Ginna Jones (Virginia) -- Shares how she teaches proportions with pancakes and Google Slides! Check out her slide deck by clicking here!

Camden (5th-Grader, South Carolina) -- Listen to and from school. Teachers should use Google Lit Trips. Feel like you’re the character. 360 pictures. Earth and Tour Builder. Number the Stars: takes to the street where sisters are stopped by Nazi soldiers. Pictures and video. Diary of Anne Frank takes you to the secret annex where she hid.

On The Blogs


Mar 11, 2019
Favorite Google Chrome Tips & Tricks - GTT077
43:22

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

Favorite Chrome Features, Tips, Tricks, and Extensions

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

Jenna (Cape Town, South Africa) -- Loves “swiss army knife”. Extra curricula -- wants to use iPads and Google tools (Slides). Used to create ebooks for kindergarten aged students to read. Number books, counting books. As part of art studies, students painted with watercolors, took pictures. Used the crop tool within Slides to crop the images to different shapes. Use the shapes to compile a new image (a robot). Group all shapes together. Different versions of the robot that can be counted. Collab: all can work on the project together.

Here’s a note from Jenna: “Unfortunately, my students are still busy with the ones where they have painted their own backgrounds so I don't have a finished product yet. I've attached the one that we used to practice the skill. We did it so that they'd know what to expect when they started painting. For this one, my students used images from Google and turned the slide deck into an eBook for some of the younger students in the school. Each student worked on a different slide so that each slide had a unique robot which we duplicated for the number on the page.”

Link to her example slide deck: click here!

Caroline Goodman (Memphis, Tennessee) -- 2 Gmail accounts: a .org for faculty and staff, .net domain for students. Teachers frequently create docs, sheets, slides, forms in either one or both accounts. Often, files get lost between the two. Sometimes teachers aren’t sure if the doc was created with .org or .net account. How can we search between both Google Drive accounts? Extension or app? Type in a search and it’ll search both of them?

On The Blogs


Mar 04, 2019
Webcams in Docs, Slides, Drawings and More! - GTT076
41:05

Google News and Updates

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The webcam feature in many Google products (Docs, Slides, Drawings, etc.) makes a lot of cool learning activities possible.

How to activate it: Insert > Image > Camera

  • Make sure you’ve given access to your camera
  • If another program is using the camera, it may not work
  • You don’t need a special camera … if your Chromebook/laptop has a built-in webcam, use that!
  • Mobile devices: use the device camera, then bring in the images to do the same thing

How to use it:

  • Click the camera button below the live webcam image to take a picture
  • Take as many pictures as you want
  • Insert one at a time … remember to click the “insert” button

Ways it can be used in class:

  • Student reflection: in a shared Slides presentation where each student has a slide, have each student snap a selfie and add it to his/her own slide. Add speech/thought bubbles with Insert > Shapes > Callouts to allow for reflection or retelling what they’ve learned
  • Interview a character/historical figure: In Google Drawings, snap a selfie, but leave room to one side. Search the web for an image of a character or historical figure and insert it. Add speech/thought bubbles for the student and the character, making it as if they’re having a conversation.
  • Caption This!: This is a fun activity Matt developed with Missouri educator Laura Steinbrink. Search for an image online or upload an image. Use speech/thought bubbles to speak/think for people in the image. Then, have students add a text box on the image explaining why that person would say that. (Justifying their response moves the critical thinking up a notch on Webb’s Depth of Knowledge!)
  • Stop motion animation: Have students snap a picture of something (themselves, a drawing on a whiteboard, a clay representation of what you’re learning, etc.). Add it to a slide in Google Slides. Move it and snap another picture, adding it to the next slide. Keep adding images to new slides until your animation is complete!
  • MATH! Math teachers can sometimes struggle with using technology and having students show their work on a problem. Still using pencil and paper, no problem! Students can hold up their paper to the webcam and take a quick picture to insert into the work or attach it to their Google Classroom assignment.

Google Drawings comic strips -- Have students take pictures of themselves -- posing as themselves or as a character -- and add speech bubbles and thought bubbles.

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

Audra Arman-Richardson (Nevada) -- With Google+ shortly leaving us, what do you recommend as a replacement? We have 20+ schools throughout our state that share and communicate using this platform. We are not sure what to migrate to.

Mike Brilla (Pennsylvania) -- Google Classroom. Uses Doctopus and Goobric. Self-proclaimed “organizational train wreck”. Had trouble keeping track of the Sheets. Used Google Keep keeping track. Use Keep extension on Chrome. Uses the label “Things to grade.” Now everything is in one place. Links are there. Delete note when he’s done.

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Danny Contopoulos (science teacher, New York) -- Bailee wants to know how to automatically send responses to different sheets.

In the google sheet that is accepting responses from the form, all Bailee would have to do is create two new tabs and on each tab use a filter formula

=filter('Sheet 1’!A1:F100,'Sheet 1'!B1:B100="Teacher 1")
'Sheet 1’!A1:F100 is the response range
'Sheet 1'!B1:B100 is the column with the teacher’s name
"Teacher 1" is the teacher’s name (matched exactly)

Caroline Goodman (Tennessee)-- School developing new PE program where students/teachers attend classes at various times throughout the day. Google service flexible posting of class schedules so change daily, check in and out of classes, a record of who attended which classes.

Linda Hummer (Ohio) -- Personalized PD in their school district. 2 PD days -- 1 in fall with four different sessions running at the same time that staff could choose to go to, during sessions: 1 tool or several tools that do the same type of thing (formative assessment). Discuss and share what they’re doing, ask questions, work on creating things they’d like. 1 in spring -- changed to two sessions (they’re a K-12 building). Staff shared with one another, asked questions, enjoyed that type of PD, will continue using it.

Ryan Bradford -- I was listening to episode 74 last night and I think I have a solution for Bailee's question. The Query formula can be used to auto separate the data into different sheets based on certain criteria (e,g, school name, resource type, etc). If you create a Google Form with an identifying question like school name and send all of your responses to the default response sheet, you can then create two separate sheets that each use a query formula to pull on specific data based on the school name. I included some screenshots below of how I use this at my school to quickly separate supply requests by type.

On The Blogs


Feb 25, 2019
REPLAY - Google Forms Magic - GTT009
37:18

This is a REPLAY of episode 9 from March 20, 2017.

  • Forms v. Quizzes feature
  • Email notifications (late work form)
  • Contact form
  • File attachments (field trip permission slips)
  • Student notes for documentation
  • Confirmation page

You access the show notes by visiting https://googleteachertribe.com/9

Feb 18, 2019
Student Led Tech Teams with the Chrome Squad - GTT075
30:10

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The Chrome Squad is an elite group of students at Royse City High School that provide tech support and learning opportunities for both students and teachers. In the four years the Chrome Squad has been in operation they have evolved--developing new teams and products to serve not only Royse City ISD, but others districts as well. The Chrome Squad has helped over 50 other districts across the US start student internships, spoken at conferences like TCEA, and have been able to spend time at the Googleplex and Google HQ2 in Austin, Tx. The Chrome Squad is made of twenty-one 10th-12th graders working across 8 teams.

chrome squad

There have been a few changes since the Chrome Squad was last on the Google Teacher Tribe Episode 8.  They have started a podcast that focuses on the great things teachers are doing and the ways a teacher can better empower learners with technology.  You can find the teaser for the podcast on iTunes (Google Play will be coming soon).

chrome squad

The Chrome Squad also adopted a goal setting process used by companies like Google called OKRs, or Objectives-Key Results, as well as Design SPRINTS.  This has allowed the Chrome Squad to design and project plan an entire year’s worth of work in a few days during the summer.

Resources

Feb 11, 2019
F2F at FETC 2019 with Holly Clark - GTT074
34:57

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

We're live at FETC 2019 and we had the opportunity to sit with and speak to Holly Clark, author of The Google Infused Classroom.

  • Why do we, as educators, attend live, face-to-face professional learning events?
    • Benefits
    • Drawbacks
    • Connections
    • Introvert problems
  • What do you do when you go to a session you don’t like?
  • Time for implementation

Holly Clark was also the guest on episode 41! Listen if you haven't!

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

On The Blogs


Feb 04, 2019
App Smashing with G Suite - GTT073
39:53

Google News and Updates

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Matt and Kasey share ideas, sites, and tools other than those made by Google that plays nicely with Google for an enhanced teaching and learning experience.

Padlet and Sites - gather feedback through an embedded Padlet wall, post, and share work, e-portfolios, add other media to Padlet wall to demonstrate learning without having to separately add pages, etc., Use as an embedded class blog, not perfect, but easier than using Sites alone.

Wakelet and Drawings -- Create images in Drawings, add to a Wakelet collection with links, text, videos, etc. to share and for collaboration.

Flipgrid and Slides/Sites/Docs - reflection, explain their answers, set goals and revisit, reflect on writing, book talk to go with their book report, reading responses explained.

Adobe Spark and Slides/Sites -- Create images (Post), single-page web pages (Pages) and videos (Video) and embed/insert into Slides or Sites.

Canva and Sites/Slides/Forms- (Just received a major update!) Create images for your projects and creations, restaurant menus into learning menus, blog post images, flyers, brochures, headers for your forms and sites, greeting cards.

Screencastify and Maps -- Find a place in Google Maps and use Street View to view it, then record it as a virtual walking tour in Screencastify

Resources

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

Mike Mohammad (Wisconsin) -- Make a classroom calendar. On one side of Slide, what we’re doing that day, another side: that week. Daily part changes, weekly part stays the same. New week: new slide. Better than a paper handout bc can publish and embed in a Google Site or Canvas LMS. Can link anything on schedule directly (turn in assignment, instructions, comments). bit.ly/moschedule

Kyle Anderson (Nevada) -- Keep and Forms in IEP process. A student with upcoming IEP: things have to do in Google Keep (date, send notices for parents, steps in writing it). Can use reminder function to set up in Calendar to notify when he has to complete steps. Forms: gather info for the process, send out a form to parent for details, to teachers to gather info on student, accommodations, to the student on info that will help them out best.

On The Blogs


Jan 28, 2019
The Power of Hyperdocs and Lesson Design with Lisa Highfill - GTT072
36:25

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Lisa Highfill is an Instructional Technology Coach in the San Francisco Bay Area. She earned her masters in Educational Technology Leadership and has been a classroom teacher for over 20 years. As a Google Certified Innovator, and a YouTube Star Teacher, she travels the country presenting at edtech conferences and speaking about lesson design and learning theory. Lisa is the co-creator and co-author of The HyperDoc Handbook.

Google Certifications: Google Certified Educator Level 1, Google Certified Educator Level 2, Google Certified Innovator

Google “Spark”: I was in the Merit Program, led by Rushton Hurley. The program completely changed me as a teacher, my knowledge of technology, and how to best combine the two.

Favorite Google Tips and Tricks: Google Slides make great portfolios for all of your graphic design work.

Connect with Lisa:

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

John Hartmann (St. Louis) -- Name a version in the revision history. Sets up a template (Sheets, slides) and names it master. When students complete the task, can revert back to the master and use it over and over. Doesn’t have to reinvent the wheel.

Jake Miller (Ohio) -- Thanks for creating community. Google Translate in Google Sheets. Does more than math. Type =GoogleTranslate you’ll get a formula to take words in one language and translate to +100 language. Useful for ELLs. to the native language. Can use Flippity.net to turn into flashcards to practice. JakeMiller.net search for translate for GIF.

On The Blogs


Jan 21, 2019
Hyperdocs with Sean Fahey - GTT071
42:40
Jan 14, 2019
Create Your Own Google Expeditions with Kim Mattina - GTT070
41:15
Jan 07, 2019
Tips from the Tribe (Vol. 3) - GTT069
40:00
Dec 31, 2018
Ctrl+Shift+T and Other Class Management Tips - GTT068
37:12
Dec 20, 2018
Holiday Fun in the Classroom - GTT067
41:50

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

'Tis the season for using Google and other tools in your classroom! Please leave a comment below with your own favorites!

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

@MikeSzczepanik on Twitter writes, "I was recently inspired by Matt's Sticky Notes post (mentioned in this podcast) and used it for another idea: Student card sorting. I have attached a little "Engage" activity I am doing with my Biology classes Cell Unit. The students sort some cards into two piles representing "Has cells" or "Does not have cells"

I have attached both the student assignment and the directions that go with it. Thanks for the inspiration!"

Sharon Taylor, New Zealand -- Google Slide decks a lot following our discussions. Two problems: FIRST, track who has done what (deleted each other’s work), Slides doesn’t seem to be color coded as well as Google Docs. Need something more accurate. SECOND, when everyone is on the slide deck, there are lots of glitches. Could be our wifi.

On The Blogs


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Dec 10, 2018
Telling Google Stories with Mandi Tolen - GTT066
34:06

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TELLING GOOGLE STORIES WITH MANDI TOLEN

Mandi Tolen is a high school math teacher with experience teaching ELA and technology classes. She is a Google Certified Innovator and very active on Twitter. Mandi is passionate about helping other teachers be the best they can be.

Google Certifications: Google Certified Educator Levels 1 and 2, Google Certified Innovator

How Google products have transformed Mandi's classroom...

CONNECT WITH MANDI TOLEN

On The Blogs

Kasey's Google Certification courses close at midnight CST on Dec. 4th. Learn more: GetGoogleCertified.com

Matt's Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit, the FREE online conference for teachers, is open Dec. 14-31. Get your free ticket: DitchSummit.com


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Dec 03, 2018
REPLAY - Tapping into Creativity with Google Drawings - GTT036
44:13

This is a REPLAY of episode 36 from December 25, 2017.

Twenty-­three year educator Wanda Terral is the District Technology Coordinator for the Lakeland School System (outside of Memphis, TN). A former band director, Wanda’s constantly seeking information relating to techniques & practices related to the use of tech to empower students and educators.

Wanda Terral shares creative ideas for use with Google Drawings.

You access the show notes by visiting https://googleteachertribe.com/36

Nov 26, 2018
The Life of a Tech Coach with Pam Hubler - GTT065
44:54

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Pam Hubler is an Instructional Coach in Charleston, South Carolina with 22 years in education. Pam is passionate about professional development, technology integration, literacy, and building a strong culture in schools.

As a Google Certified Trainer, Pam supports teachers by providing frequent professional development on how to integrate GSuite tools into their daily routines no matter what they teach. She also guides discussions during PLC’s to help teachers find dynamic ways to provide instruction and develop engaging literacy activities.

Pam also loves to create resources to share with educators through her website, Twitter, as community manager of the Shake Up Learning Facebook Group and other social media platforms. She has presented at FETC, the EdTechTeam Low Country Summit, and EdCamps.

Pam is a lifelong learner who loves to read professional development books, especially books from Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc. and listens to Podcasts like the Google Teacher Tribe to keep up with educational technology and pedagogy. She strives to be PIRATE leader to support educators so we can keep great teachers in the profession.

Google Certifications: Google Certified Educator Level 1, Google Certified Educator Level 2, Google Certified Trainer

Google “Spark”: I've always found technology integration interesting, especially when online creativity tools became possible. I don't even remember how or when I started using Google, but once I switched, that was it! I think being introduced Google Forms and realizing how Google Drive worked on all devices is when I realized just how productive Google tools can help educators become.  The longer I use it, the harder it is to use other tools, especially paid tools, for my day to day productivity and resource creation.

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Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

Linda Hummer (Ohio) - Thank you for all you do! I love listening to the podcast and trying out the ideas you share! I have an app smash- use the new cc feature in slides along with screencastify. Students that are shy or not comfortable talking in front of the class could record themselves ahead of time and then have it played during class or the teacher can view when they have time. This will also help the teacher when they are accessing the project. There are times when you are grading while students are presenting that you miss things. Having the video to replay showing what they said would be extremely helpful! Thanks!

Joel (via SpeakPipe) - G Suite admin for a small school, students using Google Classroom stream during class that was neither constructive nor appropriate, easy for students to navigate to other sites … way to monitor without micromanaging?

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Nov 20, 2018
Transforming Your Classroom with Mike Mohammed - GTT064
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Mike Mohammed has been teaching high school science for 17 years. He has been teaching at Brookfield High School for the last 14 of those. Mike attended UW Madison where he received his degree in Secondary Education in Broadfield Science and Biology with additional certifications in chemistry and physics. In his time at Brookfield Central, Mike has taught Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and General Science. He is currently teaching Physics and AP Physics. His interests in education focus on putting students at the center of their own learning experience. He lives in Brown Deer, WI with his wife.

Google Certifications: Google Certified Educator Level 1, Google Certified Educator Level 2

Google “Spark”: When I first learned of Google Docs and Google Drive it was amazing that student documents could be accessed across multiple devices without the need for a floppy disk or thumb drive to bring to the computer lab. This was especially key when I got a class set of iPads. This may have been the gateway, but it was still just word processing.  The major sparks were realizing the options for varied expression, ability to use Doctopus to distribute templates to the learner and provide digital feedback via comments.

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Favorite Google Tips and Tricks:

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

  • Dave Ghidiu - More Google Slides idea
  • Agustin Vieyra (Long Beach Ca) - a way for my students to record and share their mathematical discourse
  • Shannan Lewellen (Las Vegas, NV) -  I wanted to share how I recently used a google add-on in my Science classroom.

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Nov 12, 2018
GSuite Templates for Your Classroom - GTT063
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G Suite Templates

  • How to brainstorm template ideas
    • Focus on learning goals
    • Choosing the appropriate tool(s)
  • How to Create Templates
    • Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings
    • Wishlist: Google Sites
  • Matt’s four reasons he suggests Google Slides for templates:
    • You can set a fixed background
    • It’s great for class collaboration
    • You have TONS of design flexibility
    • You can create master slides for different activities
  • Kasey’s Google Slides Master Class
  • How to Share Templates
Resources

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

Alan Appleby - I listened to episode 59 about google photos, and tried to put an animation into a slideshow. We'll have kids working on change concept soon, as well as building things. Both of these give us some scope for using the animations as you described.

But, while I can embed an animation into slides, it does not 'animate' in present mode or when published to the web. Can you tell me if I'm doing something wrong, or if we just have to leave the present mode to see animations like this?

Matt Dill & Stacy Larsen - How do I prevent students from searching on other tabs in their browser for their answers, while taking a quiz on a Google Form on another?

Neil Gibbs - Is there a way of having some pages set up to be portrait and some set up to be landscape? I have an E-Book that my students are working on through Google Classroom, the Google docs, I have set up, just seems to allow the document to be either portrait or landscape and not a combination. This is really frustrating as there are tables that work well in Landscape and questions and diagrams which are suited to portrait.

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Nov 05, 2018
Catching Up with the Tribe! Your Questions Answered - GTT062
35:05

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  1. Amber Harper (Indiana) -- excited we’re back for another season … edtech consultant and trainer -- teachers feel frustrated and left behind because of how fast Google changes … created a google site called G Suite 123, a curation of online resources like YouTube videos and blogs, etc that helps teachers to know not just how to begin to use tools but how to use in classroom … incorporated our podcast into the tools … hope this is useful to your listeners … burnedinteacher.com -- hover over BIT edtech and click on G Suite 123
  2. Marsha Ratzel (Kansas) -- loves the podcast, follow intently! … used arts and culture link for space for sixth-grade science classes … her question: they use Chromebooks, love things like Expeditions but don’t have access to virtual reality goggles … anyways to do virtual reality trips in 360 view to learn about geography? Would be NGSS standards for middle school.
  1. Kimberly Bender (Pennsylvania) -- loves the show, listens when she walks her dog, Google Photos: started making albums, thought about how could put together something at end of the year
  2. Linda Mackay -- I’m such a fan of your show! I have one quick question that maybe you can help with: my students are telling me that their Google Classroom reminders are coming to them after midnight. Is there somewhere I can adjust this?
  3. Chris Powers, Madison Wisc. -- In slides, is there a way to animate an object to follow a lined pathway? I'm a music teacher and want to animate an object like a bird, butterfly, bee, or kite, etc to show a voice pathway. I'd like it to go up and down (diagonally to show time and pitch) and even a loop if possible but I am not sure how to make an object follow a path. I figured the GTT and the swiss army knife of Google should be able to do this, right? Thanks!
  4. Elisabeth Schaap (The Netherlands) -- Just started using team-drive with my colleague who teaches in a parallel class. We share files that we want to give to our students using Classroom. But, we found out that we can not share files through Classroom straight from our team-drive. Firs,t we have to make a copy and place it in our own drive and from there we can share it using Classroom. Do you know why? Is there a logical reason? Any idea if Google will change this in the future? -- 
  5. Abbey Thomas (Alabama) -- Google Slides, trying to embed a video that’s not a YT video … is there a way to do that? Add-on, extension?
  1. Bruce Reicher (New Jersey)Matt and Kasey -- I have a unique way I use Google Slides. Our school does a live tv show every morning. I have one slide deck that is the script and another slide deck for graphics and videos we play on the show. It's awesome to be able to share the script with students so they can practice before they come on the show. It also make life easier for me because I can update the script every day. In the past, I created Powerpoint slides and printed them every morning. Over the past 10 years, my students have produced over 1,000 live shows. That was a lot of paper printed for the script in the past. We now have a 1:1 with Chromebooks and no more printing :)

Love the show and keep up the great work - Bruce Here's the script - https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1es6y9EZjmHWPRwNd4muyMYpsvIY7YBvnwvJtfrfKlYU/edit?usp=sharing and Here is the graphic and video and credit run down -
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1nYM9vRr1ryRYThYUPqeD6NWTGGZJ7S5ScTrAA6D4V3c/edit?usp=sharing

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Oct 29, 2018
REPLAY - Engage Science Students by App Smashing with Joe Marquez - GTT024
38:57

This is a REPLAY of episode 24 from October 2, 2017.

Joe Marquez is a passionate educator who loves nothing more than to discover new ways to motivate and engage his 8th-grade science students.

You access the show notes by visiting http://googleteachertribe.com/24

Oct 22, 2018
Slides to the Right Cha Cha Cha - GTT061
39:39

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Google Slides for Snapchat games in class

  • Students LOVE Snapchat games! You can tie them into your class WITHOUT needing the Snapchat app. Just use Google Slides!

Caption This! A fun, deep-thinking Google Drawings (or Slides!) activity

  • Use an image that connects to your content and adds speech/thought bubbles to show what the people involved would say or think. It’s a quick way to boost the Depth of Knowledge of your activity -- and it’s low-prep!

Create a low-cost, printed yearbook with Google Slides (by Jennifer Scott)

  • Jennifer’s school created a full-color yearbook and designed the whole thing on Google Slides. It’s SUPER inexpensive and pretty easy to do.

Student collaboration in shared Google Slides

  • This classic Google Slides hack is still effective! Share a slide presentation with every student. Each student gets his/her own slide and does his/her work on it. Then, they can comment on each other’s work. Easy collaboration!

How to Create Your Own “Apps” with Google Slides (FREE Template)

Anchor Charts

Kasey’s Google Slides Resources

The Google Slides Master Class!

I frequently refer to Google Slides as the Swiss Army Knife of the G Suite tools because it is capable of being so much more than a presentation tool. In this course, you will learn how to use Slides in new and unexpected ways in your classroom that will engage your students and make learning more dynamic!

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

Ashley Morrison (Cincinnati, OH) - Love using Google Sites, showing teachers how to use them, have students use them to share work … Any other tools besides Padlet that can be embedded and work really well within Google Sites?

Ryan Gutsch (Owen, WI) - What process or app … wants to have kids and parents (?) watch a video and not give them control of skipping ahead … answer questions based on a video clip. Can’t progress until answer questions right. Google Forms? Sites?

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Oct 15, 2018
Slides to the Left - GTT060
35:31

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With Google Slides you can:

  • Create new presentations or edit any that were created on the web or on another device
  • Share presentations and work together with others in the same presentation at the same time
  • Get stuff done anytime -- even without an internet connection
  • Add and rearrange slides, format text and shapes, and more
  • Present right from your device
  • Never worry about losing your work -- everything is automatically saved as you type
  • Present slides to video calls - scheduled meetings will automatically appear
  • Open, edit, and save PowerPoint files

The Google Slides Master Class!

I frequently refer to Google Slides as the Swiss Army Knife of the G Suite tools because it is capable of being so much more than a presentation tool. In this course, you will learn how to use Slides in new and unexpected ways in your classroom that will engage your students and make learning more dynamic!

K-12 teachers are going to LOVE THIS COURSE!

This class is perfect for beginner to intermediate users to take their skills to the next level and become a Google Slides Master!

Resources

Instagram Stories with Google Slides

  • Have students create “Instagram Stories” with class content to demonstrate their learning. Think about, “What would this character’s / historical character’s Instagram story look like?” “How could you describe this using an Instagram Story?”

Google Slides icon boards for low-prep, visual thinking

  • These are like “infographics LITE” or “infographics for the time-strapped.” Have students drag visuals onto the page and add text to quickly demonstrate understanding.

Caption This! A fun, deep-thinking Google Drawings (or Slides!) activity

  • Use an image that connects to your content and add speech/thought bubbles to show what the people involved would say or think. It’s a quick way to boost the Depth of Knowledge of your activity -- and it’s low-prep!

Create a low-cost, printed yearbook with Google Slides (by Jennifer Scott)

  • Jennifer’s school created a full-color yearbook and designed the whole thing on Google Slides. It’s SUPER inexpensive and pretty easy to do.

Student collaboration in shared Google Slides

  • This classic Google Slides hack is still effective! Share a slide presentation with every student. Each student gets his/her own slide and does his/her work on it. Then, they can comment on each other’s work. Easy collaboration!

Create moveable digital activities with Google Drawings + Slides

  • This is a fun, digital take on manipulatives. Add objects on a slide (or Google Drawing) that you want students to drag into place. Lock certain pieces into place by making them part of the background!

Kasey’s Google Slides Resources

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

Recent Apple Podcasts Ratings and Reviews

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  • Starblazer5000

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Oct 08, 2018
Google Photos In The Classroom - GTT059
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Google Photos is a photo sharing and storage service developed by Google. It was announced in May 2015 and spun out from Google+, the company's social network. Google Photos gives users free, unlimited storage for photos up to 16 megapixels and videos up to 1080p resolution. (Wikipedia)

  • Google Photos Help
  • Syncs across devices (get the mobile app for iOS or Android
  • Search for photos
    • Search with a face (the more photos you take, the more you can pull for use in class … use student photos in class materials … “What does every student look for when they get a new yearbook?”)
  • Scan photos with the app
  • Create collages and animations
    • Show gradual change in seasons
    • Show growth of plants (animals, like a class pet)
    • Show rapid change (ice melting)
    • Assistant creates animations automatically or you can create them yourself
    • Tell a story (with one animation OR a combination of animations one per slide on a Slides presentation)
    • Up to 50 photos per animation
  • Movies
    • Auto-created with Assistant or create manually
    • Add photos and videos, it
    • Let it create a video for you (children, cats, dogs, smiles, etc.)
    • Adjust length, change the music
  • Albums
    • Embedding, sharing with parents, demonstrating experiments, hands-on creation, portfolios, artwork
  • Sharing
    • Individual files
    • albums
    • Shared libraries
      • school/campus/grade level accounts
      • seniors!
  • Photobooks
    • End of the year photobooks - not free, but could be an option for parents or possibly fundraiser
    • Especially great for artwork and creations

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

  • An alternative to using Google Forms for comments on a Google Site embed a Padlet wall. (Shared by several on Twitter!)
  • Shawn Lane (comment on website) - I was so excited to hear that you can copy a classroom, but it seems to only be available in the new classrooms, and not ones you already have. I was hoping to copy my technology PD class to the new format, but that doesn't seem to be an option now.

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Oct 01, 2018
ePortfolios and Google Sites - GTT058
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ePortfolios with Google Sites Matt and Kasey discuss the value and implementation of ePortfolios and how easy it can be to use Google Sites as the platform for students to display and preserve their learning over the course of a school year or their time in a school from year to year. Discussion points:
  • Showcase portfolio v. growth portfolio
  • Other ePortfolio tools: Seesaw, Canvas
  • No templates yet
  • Reflection
  • Advantages of G Suite for portfolios
    • Google Sites integrates with all of the other applications
    • G Suite users already have accounts
    • Easily embed everything from YouTube to Google Slides
    • Drag and drop interface that is easy to use and professional looking
    • New features make it even better with buttons and layouts
    • Workaround for comments
Send us your examples!
Resources

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

  • Bettina Franz (comment from the website)
    • Google Forms being used to create comment boxes on Google sites.
  • Libby Knaggs (via SpeakPipe)
    • Classwork in Google Classroom
  • Dan Curtis (via SpeakPipe)
    • What do you do when students don't have permission to install Chrome extensions?
  • Sarah Fromhold (email)
    • Is there a way to make Form responses go to the top of the response spreadsheet instead of the bottom?
    • Here’s a script to try

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Sep 24, 2018
The NEW Google Classroom - GTT057
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AUGUST 2018 UPDATES:

New Classwork page—Teachers and students have a new Classwork page. Teachers can post assignments and questions on the page, as well as group them into modules with topics.

New grading tool in Classroom—Teachers have a new grading tool where they can switch between grades, student submissions, and comments while grading and save common feedback in a comment bank to use later.

New People page—Teachers can view class member information on the People page. Teachers can also invite and remove students, co-teachers, and guardians on the page.

New Settings page—Teachers can edit the class description, change the class code, manage guardian summaries, and control Stream settings on a consolidated Settings page.

Copy a class—Teachers can copy classwork and topics from an existing class to new class.

Control notifications by class—Teachers and students can turn notifications off for any class.

Change grades—Teachers can change grade point values when creating or editing assignments or questions.

See updates—Teachers and students can see updated labels (Assigned, Turned In, and Graded) for the status of a student’s work.

SEPTEMBER 2018 UPDATES:

Materials on the Classwork page—Teachers can add materials to the Classwork page.

Classwork page for existing classes—Teachers can add the Classwork page to existing classes or classes they’ve previously removed the page from.

Easier posting on the Stream page—Teachers and students have an easier way to post in the Stream.

Edit the room, subject, and section during course creation and in Settings page—Teachers can edit the room, subject, and section when creating or editing a course or in the Settings page.

Teachers can edit the room and subject when creating or editing a course.

Bottom tab navigation—On iOS, users can navigate between the Stream, Classwork, and People pages with a bottom navigation bar.

Guardians—On iOS, verified teachers can view student guardians.

Resources
Matt’s Google Classroom Google Classroom Blog Posts and Resources: Kasey’s Google Classroom Google Classroom Blog Posts and Resources:

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Sep 17, 2018
Tips from the Tribe (Vol. 2) - GTT056
40:05

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To close out our second year of doing the podcast we've assembled some of the best submissions sent in by you!

Matt and Kasey have concluded their second season of the Google Teacher Tribe Podcast and while they look forward to all the different events they have planned for the summer they have also looked forward to this episode because you are sharing the tip and tricks.

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Google Certification Courses Open May 28th!

Online Google Boot Camps–BUT BETTER!

All 3 Courses Will Open on May 28th!

Mark your calendars! These courses (Level 1, Level 2, and Trainer) will open for limited enrollment on May 28, 2018, and will close on June 10, 2018. (It will not open again until November!) Just in time for some summer learning!!!

What’s Included in the Google Certification Courses?

Google Certified Educator Level 1

Everything you need to know to pass the exam and become a Google Certified Educator Level 1!
  • 40+ Video Lessons (hands-on learning with Kasey Bell)
  • 20+ PDF Downloadable Study Material
  • Lesson Checks
  • Private Community & Study Group
  • Testing Tips
  • Level 1 Challenges (testing scenarios)
  • and much more!
  • Learn more and see the course curriculum

Google Certified Educator Level 2

Everything you need to know to pass the exam and become a Google Certified Educator Level 2!
  • 40+ Video Lessons (hands-on learning with Kasey Bell)
  • 20+ PDF Downloadable Study Material
  • Lesson Checks
  • Private Community & Study Group
  • Testing Tips
  • Level 2 Challenges (testing scenarios)
  • and much more!
  • Learn more and see the course curriculum

Google Certified Trainer

All You Need to Know to Prepare for the Trainer Skills Assessment and Application! Becoming a Google Certified Trainer was one of the best decisions I ever made, and it transformed my learning and my career! This self-paced, e-course includes EVERYTHING you need to know to pass the Trainer Skills Assessment AND complete the application requirements, including:
  • 30+ Video Lessons (including the archive)
  • Private Google+ Community
  • The Ultimate Google Certified Trainer Planner and Check List
  • Pro Trainer Tips
  • How to Market Yourself as a Trainer
  • Application Tips
  • and much more!
  • Learn more and see the course curriculum

Pricing & Bundles

Below are the prices for individual licenses for each course.
  • Google Certified Educator Academy Level 1: $299
  • Google Certified Educator Academy Level 2: $299
  • Google Certified Trainer Course: $299
But Wait…There’s More! Opening all of these courses at once also gives you another advantage–bundling! If you want to purchase multiple courses at once, you can save BIG TIME! I’m also introducing some new bulk licensing options, so you can find more affordable ways to meet the needs of your campus or district. These details can be found on the home page for each course (Level 1, Level 2, and Trainer), just click on “Pricing Information.” Here’s how it works:
  • Level 1 & Level 2 Bundle: $449 (Save $149)
  • Level 2 & Trainer Bundle: $449 (Save $149)
  • Level 1, Level 2, and Trainer Bundle: $599 (Save $298)
  • Payment plans available
  • PO’s are accepted

 
May 28, 2018
BONUS: A Google Power Hour with Matt Miller and Kasey Bell - HoET110

This bonus episode crosses over with, our producer, Chris Nesi's podcast, House of #EdTech.

If you're not subscribed to his podcast you should subscribe. Chris has been an integral part of the Tribe and you may not have even realized it!

Here are his abbreviated show notes...

We're crossing over with the Google Teacher Tribe Podcast!

Support for this episode comes from:

Complete show notes http://chrisnesi.com/110

 
** SEGMENTS **
  • (1:30) Intro - HOET and GTT Crossover!
  • (6:21) Featured Content - Matt Miller and Kasey Bell from the Google Teacher Tribe Podcast join me for a very Google conversation!
  • (40:52) House of #EdTech Thought - Making the Most of PD
  • (45:23) House of #EdTech Recommendation - Getting Virtual with Google
  • (47:07) House of #EdTech VIP - Mandi Bush
 
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May 20, 2018
Learning in Tandem with Swiss Army Knives (And Google) - GTT055
37:29

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Summer vacation is used by so many teachers around the world as a time to unwind, relax, and recover from the grind that is education. There so many ways that teachers like you continue to devote time to learning and growing professionally.

Kasey's Courses
Matt's Course

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Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

Nanci Greene -- Your podcast is one of the few that I've listened to all of the episodes of. Thanks for all you do to help us educators grow in our craft. For the teacher who asked about creating animated GIFS, Tall Tweets (https://talltweets.com/) might be an option. It allows you to easily create animated GIFS from Google Slides.

How to Hide Text in Google Slides from Erin Flanagan https://www.erintegration.com/2018/03/25/hide-reveal-hidden-text-google-slides/

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May 14, 2018
Cross the Finish Line with G Suite - GTT054
41:06

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The end of the school year is coming in many places in the United States and around the world. As you navigate these sometimes difficult waters perhaps you can use some of the Google solutions we are sharing!

Let us know in the comments.

Change the Game Design Challenge from Google (Carlos Garza)

Emoji Scavenger Hunt

Create a Tic-Tac-Toe Learning Menu on a fun topic (Stephani Ann)

Try the 4 C’s Learning Menu to take their c’s to the next level

Sites for students with free time on their hands: (From 10 ways Google tools can make the end of the year rock)

  • Quick, Draw! — In this game, you’re given an object/idea to draw and Google’s artificial intelligence tries to guess what you’re drawing. It’s a fun introduction to AI for students.
  • AI Duet — “A piano that responds to you.” Google’s artificial intelligence uses tons of data to guess what it should play in response to what you play.
  • Google Trends — Learn what other people are searching for all over the world.
  • Google Earth Time Lapse — This shows what the world looks like as it changes over 20+ years. Watch the time lapse in motion. See the whole earth at once or zoom into your hometown!
  • GeoGuessr — Use context clues to guess where you’ve been dropped in Google Maps. The closer the guess, the more points you earn!
  • Just a Line -- Make simple drawings in AR, then share your creation with a short video.

Student-created Google Forms quizzes: (From 10 ways Google tools can make the end of the year rock)

By using Google Forms (Google’s survey tool), students can create their own quizzes. By turning on the quiz features in the settings gear, students can add immediate feedback for anyone who takes the quiz. This immediate feedback can be WAY more effective than comments written on student papers and passed back to them later. Plus, when students create the quizzes, they’re experiencing the content from a different perspective.

6 end-of-the-year Google Classroom clean-up tips (via ControlAltAchieve.com) --

  • Return all student work
  • Un-enroll students from old classes
  • Archive old classes
  • Remove old class calendars
  • Move old class folders in Drive
  • Remove old class files from “Shared with me” in Drive

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

  • Rasa Conklin (Federal Way, WA) -- I created a Google sites for my students to display/ publish their work. I was having each group add a page to the site I created. When YO and DB, who were working on their page all of a sudden were upset because all their work disappeared and DL and IO work appeared on their page and all the other pages. I have a funny feeling that this is due to something small that we did wrong, but I need help. Is there an easy tutorial, or website for step by step directions?  https://sites.google.com/p12fwps.org/build-a-generator/home

  • Carly Black (Ohio) -- Hello, Thank you for the emoji extension tip. I was wondering if you knew a way to add GIFs just as easily? I've been thinking about letting students create literary analysis through a series of GIFs and emojis. The problem is finding the right tools to execute this well. Any suggestion would be appreciated.
  • Matt Jacobson (Galesburg, IL) -- Hi Matt & Kasey! Just listened to E. 53 on the New Gmail. Kasey mentioned that her sidebar appeared quite cluttered with all of the labels and what-not that she uses. I use a lot of labels too, and still, have a lot of labels that used to be folders when our school switched over from Outlook to Gmail. An easy way to clean these up is to go to the Gear Icon, then click Settings, the click Show Only If Unread next to many of your folders. Then, they'll only appear on the left if there is a reply to something you have previously labeled. The trick is to label the message before you reply to it. This works really nifty with the new Snooze feature in the New Gmail. Messages you have Snoozed in the past show up as unread messages in your Inbox, so, if you label it and then Snooze it, that label should "light up" in the left sidebar with an unread message in it when you need to act upon it.

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May 07, 2018
A First Look at the NEW Gmail - GTT053
37:56

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Stay composed: here’s a quick rundown of the new Gmail With new security and intelligent features, the new Gmail means business
  • Improved security
    • Confidential mode
    • 2-step verification to open
    • Block forwarding and printing
    • can also make messages expire after a certain time
  • Busy
  • New tasks
    • Improved functionality and you can SEE it!
  • Calendar and Keep integration
  • Hover
  • Similar to Inbox by Gmail features
  • How to get it
    • Don’t feel left out b/c some of these features aren’t even available yet
  • Cannot control size of sidebar
  • Display density
  • Settings looks mostly the same
  • Expect add-ons to continue to grow
  • Fancy splash page
  • Default view: icons with G Suite files (under Settings > Display density)
  • Snooze items until later (“someday”)
  • AI suggested responses (like Inbox)
  • Warnings for risky emails

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

Zach Ripley - Sheets add-ons (50), teacher question: middle school PE with data. Functions and formulas … import range function: master spreadsheet, one at a time: open student spreadsheet (only do once), copy key from URL, paste URL into import range function, master spreadsheet: import data from student sheet, real-time update (not copy paste) as students update.

Sara Reed (Aledo, TX) -- Google Classroom: see time stamp when a student turns in an assignment or mark it as done? If not, how do you handle students that say they did it and it doesn’t reflect in Classroom? (Click on “done” from assignment>then click on the student’s name from the roster on the left>then click “see history”)

Beth Cohen (Pennsylvania) -- HI Matt and Kasey! I love all the tips, tricks, and resources you share! Every year our Freshmen complete a unit on Academic Integrity. We have been using Moodle, which includes a self-grading quiz that lets students know whether they have achieved the minimum score and prompts them to review the resources and retake the quiz if they didn't pass. We will have GAFE instead of Moodle next year, so I want to reproduce the quiz in Forms, but I can't figure out how to set a minimum passing grade and notify the student whether he/she passed at the end. I could use branching and direct students back to the resources after every wrong response so that ultimately everyone ends up with a perfect score, but I'm hoping for a final pass or fail submission response. Hope you have some ideas! Thanks, Beth

Ben Whitaker (Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, UK) Sheets: In Excel, can lock down certain tabs so they can’t be edited in collab spreadsheet. Is there a way in Sheets? Add-on? Keep up great work!

3 Ways to Protect You Google Sheets Data

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Apr 30, 2018
Amazing Add-Ons for Google Docs - GTT052
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Kaizena (voice comments) (kaizena.com)

  • Leave voice comments for students
  • Discuss student work in an online hub
  • Reuse commonly use comments
  • Track and rate student progress

Highlight tool

  • Highlight a document in different colors
  • Pull highlighted text from a document and sort in a table at the end of the document

DocSecrets

  • Hides and reveals text in a document
  • Use a password to reveal hidden text

WriQ

  • WriQ is a new Add-on from Texthelp that helps teachers score and keep track of students’ spelling, punctuation and grammar errors so you can focus on the things computers can’t score.
  • WriQ auto-scores your students’ docs and tracks the following measures over time:
    • Time spent writing
    • Text Maturity
    • Spelling error rate
    • Grammar error rate
    • Punctuation error rate
    • Percentage error free
    • Correct Word Sequences score
  • The teacher dashboard gives you a clear graphical view of your students’ writing activity, and let’s you track their progress over time.
  • Video overview

Read&Write for Google Chrome

  • Technically a Chrome extension but can use in Docs (and web)
  • Read&Write offers a range of powerful support tools to help you gain confidence with reading, writing, studying and research, including:
    • Text-to-speech to hear words, passages, or whole documents read aloud with easy-to-follow dual color highlighting
    • Text and picture dictionaries to see the meaning of words explained
    • With speech-to-text, dictate words to assist with writing, proofreading & studying
    • Word prediction offers suggestions for the current or next word as you type
    • Collect highlights from the text in documents or the web for summarizing and research
    • Create and listen to voice notes directly inside of Google Docs
    • Simplify and summarize text on web pages to remove ads and other copy that can be distracting
    • FREE for teachers

Easy Bib Add-On

  • The Bibliography Creator by EasyBib allows you to easily create a bibliography for your research paper.
  • Automatically cite books, journal articles, and websites just by entering in the titles or URLs. Format citations in MLA, APA, Chicago, Harvard, and over 7K other styles.
  • When you're finished creating your bibliography, click Generate Bibliography and we'll alphabetize your citations and add them to the end of your paper.

BONUS: Equatio (chrome extension)

  • Easily create mathematical equations, formulas, and quizzes. Intuitively type or handwrite, with no tricky math code to learn.

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

  • Renee Johnson (Oakhurst, CA) - ctrl+z - to add to another location in Drive … Add student work samples to PD folder for teacher training.
  • Craig Klement (Garland, TX) - Same three questions on student forms: First name, last name, class period (drop down) … Spreadsheet: right click on awesome box, sort range (by class period, then by last name) Differentiate forms: three dots, section based on answer (if correct: to next question, if incorrect: YT vid, article, picture, do over or similar question)
  • How to Differentiate Questions in Google Forms

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Apr 23, 2018
Dynamic Learning in the Classroom - GTT051
33:58

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Featured Content ()

Examples with G Suite:  Do This, Not That [infographic] Kasey’s Dynamic Learning with G Suite Presentation SUBMIT LESSONS!!!

Buy the Book: Shake Up Learning

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag ()

  • Melissa Widrick recently commented on a previous episode's post: Keyboard shortcuts: Use CTRL+D in google slides to duplicate objects or word art. I love using word art over the text box, because you can adjust the size quickly, and if you use CTRL +D to copy it, you don't have to change the color and the font every time.
  • Thank you to Monica Spillman and Laura Steinbrink for your recent Apple Podcasts Ratings and Reviews!

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Apr 16, 2018
Google Sheets Add-Ons - GTT050
32:50

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Sheets Add-Ons
  • What are add-ons?
    • Add-ons run inside Google Sheets, Docs, Slides, and Forms, but they're built by developers like you and tie into over a dozen Google services without even spinning up a server.
    • Add-ons are built with Apps Script, a server-side JavaScript platform that requires zero setup.
  • Where to find them in Sheets?
  • Connection to forms
    • Google Sheets and Google Forms work hand-in-hand. The data collected from your form is placed in a Sheet where you can then manipulate results, perform additional calculations, and even create mailmerges using any number of add-ons.
Resources

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

  • Bailee Sandsmark (email), a 6th-grade middle school PE teacher asks, "

    I’d like to send out a Sheets template to all 250 of my students for them to individually track their fitness testing data, but then I would like to have an efficient way for them to share that info with me so that I can see all of my students' data in one sheet. Having to access 250 different sheets makes my head spin. Currently, my students track this data on a piece of paper, but it would be great for them to have a digital copy that can travel with them all three years of middle school so they can truly track their growth and so that their 7th and 8th grade PE teachers can see the data as well.

    I’m hoping you might be able to point me in the right direction of an extension that would do the trick."

Check out the Alice Keeler Template Tab!

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Apr 09, 2018
Doing more with Google Forms - GTT049
31:57

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Featured Content

Forms Add-Ons
  • What are add-ons?
  • Where to find them in Forms?
  • Difference between add-ons for Forms vs. Sheets
  • Recommended Add-Ons for Forms (We will cover Sheets in another episode!)
    • Form Publisher
    • Choice Eliminator 2
    • Certify ‘Em
    • CheckItOut

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

  • Sean Fahey (via Speakpipe) - Insert a Video into a Google Doc
  • Becca Pierce, NC - First of all, I love your show! I listened to my first show last night and it was so informative! I will definitely be going back to listen to more! Thank you so much for all you do! My question: I recently have been looking into Hyperdocs. I went on the website and saved some of the already created ones to my Drive. One of them is a Google Doc. As the student scrolls down, he can click on these fraction problems. It brings up a smaller screen with a Google Drawings that can be edited. The student draws on some fractions and types answers. I love it! But I can't seem to recreate this concept. How do you put the editable version of a Google Drawing into a Google Doc (or slide)? Thank you!

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Apr 02, 2018
Quizzes, Quizzes, Google Forms Quizzes - GTT048
35:18

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Featured Content

Google Forms have come a long way since starting as a simple survey tool. Educators quickly found ways to use Forms in other ways; from teaching math to using them to give various assessments.

Resources

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

  • Sarah Gershon (Waukegon, IL) -- Made a choice board for students, loves the show and told us via our SpeakPipe!
  • Mr. Blight (via Twitter): I'm having some issues when putting my Drawings files onto my Site. It shows up faded when the site is published. Any thoughts or ideas? #gttribe #gsuiteedu

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Mar 27, 2018
Deep Dive into Google Drive - GTT047
32:37

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Google Drive Deep Dive

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

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Mar 19, 2018
Your G Suite Helpline - GTT046
37:32

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Google for Education EDU in 90 YouTube channel Google for Education Facebook page

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

Kathleen Mathis (Annandale, Virginia) shared,

I wanted to offer two ideas that tie in to your bell ringer tips in Episode 43. Now that my school is 1:1, I have my students do warm-ups in an interactive journal using Google Slides. It used to take me forever to grade their paper journals and I always dreaded it...until this year. I now collect the online "journals" once a quarter and I use the Doctopus add-on with a Goobric to grade them. This has saved me a lot of time AND increased how much feedback I'm able to give them. Win win! Also, I've used their bell-ringer/warm-up journals to review vocabulary words. I randomly assigned students a vocabulary word and asked them to find an image that show the words meaning. Next, students put their slides in presentation mode, then do a gallery walk. As they view each other's work, they write down the vocabulary word they think is being depicted on a sticky note next to each laptop. When students return to their seat, they'll know whether their picture sufficiently showed their assigned word's meaning based on their peer's anonymous feedback. Plus, it gets them up and moving. :)

Tyler Osborne from Canada - Quick tips and keyboard shortcuts via Speakpipe Allison Gerken and her students are sharing Booksnaps on Twitter and Seesaw!

Library Chrome Extension recommendation from Noah Geisel lets you know if a book is available at the library:

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Mar 12, 2018
Classroom Hacks: Google Edition - GTT045
38:44

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Featured Content

As educators, we sometimes need to break out the duct tape or channel our inner MacGyver. Today, Matt and Kasey share some great Google based hacks!

If you have your own favorite hacks we'd love to know what they are. Leave a comment below this post or send us a message.

[tweetshare tweet="My favorite Google hack is" username="GTTribe"]Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag
  • “I have to go get my copy!” (Sienna Griggs - via SpeakPipe)
  • Carol McLaughlin (2nd-grade teacher in Alabama)
  • Kelly Davis (Chemistry, Downingtown East HS) - I would like to add pictures to feedback (my drawings, not a URL). Is this an option?

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Mar 05, 2018
Google Like A Pirate - GTT044
38:54

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Featured Content

Resources

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

  • Peggy Volak (2nd grade PA): Published a slideshow, move poem to bottom of list without doing it manually
    • View slides as a grid (bottom left), Denis Sheeran Slide Sorter
  • Emoji Exit Ticket from Don Yerks, Jr.

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Feb 26, 2018
Kick Off Class with Google - GTT043
39:28

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Featured Content

  • Using Pear Deck for Warm-ups with Google Slides Add-On (see episode 40)
Resources

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

  • Editing topics after posting an assignment in Google Classroom: Click the three dots menu button and “Edit”, then change the topic here …
  • Possible Answers to Google Classroom Extra Credit Question:
  • Lyndi Valicek recommends Black Menu extension (SpeakPipe)
  • SpeakPipe answer to login question: Clever QR Code login

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Feb 19, 2018
Google Classroom Time-Savers - GTT042
36:27

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Google Classroom Time-Savers

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

  • Lissa Brunan (Grand Valley State University): Gives extra credit for students, but in Google Classroom, can’t set points possible to zero … ungraded or at 1. Needs to offer extra credit thru GClass.
  • Renee Johnson (Oakhurst California): Idea for collaborative project, get students voices out to promote change, brainstorm how to improve school, create a survey, anyone around school gives feedback, students analyze data and use charts, slide presentation for specific person to help make their ideas a reality, later take it to larger community.

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Feb 12, 2018
The Google Infused Classroom - GTT041
40:18

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Holly Clark is an award-winning educator and speaker based in San Diego. She is both a National Board Certified Teacher and Google Certified Innovator. A longtime teacher and administrator, Holly consults globally with schools to help them successfully and purposefully innovate instruction through the use of learning theory, technology integration, and design thinking strategies. Holly holds an MA in Education from Teachers College - Columbia University, New York.

She is an internationally recognized keynote speaker - passionately spreading the idea that we need to disrupt education and innovate our classroom curriculum.

She is the Educational Strategist for EdTechTeam and head of their new publishing division - EdTechTeam Press. She authors a successful blog and her first book, The Google Infused Classroom, was released in June of 2017.

Google Certifications: Google Certified Educator Level 1, Google Certified Trainer, Google Certified Innovator

Google “Spark”: The student's faces

Twitter: @HollyClarkEdu Website: http://hollyclark.org

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

Jenny O’Sullivan (Boca Raton, Florida) -- My name is Jenny and I am the K-5 STEAM teacher at A.D. Henderson University School in Boca Raton, FL. As an elementary specialist, I have 18 classes. To avoid having my younger students type out their very long email addresses each time to log into Google Classroom on the STEAM Lab computers, I have assigned each student to a computer. My problem is that Google only saves 10 email addresses for quick login. Is there an extension, hack, or work around to allow us to save all 18 addresses for quick login?

PD in the Loo by Alex Adams

Aimee from Nebraska: Loves AndThenIWasLike.co and has added some to her LMS. Happy we motivate her to pursue new ideas … had more teachers than students in the classroom to see what she’s doing and that’s partly due to us.

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Feb 05, 2018
Blended Learning with G Suite - GTT040
41:11

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InsertLearning is a Chrome extension that lets you turn websites into interactive lessons. This extension is AWESOME!
  • Assign: Assign this to your InsertLearning class or share to Google Classroom
  • Highlight: Highlight text on the page.
  • Sticky Notes: Insert sticky notes right on the page.
  • Questions: Insert free response or multiple choice questions on the page.
  • Discussion: Insert a discussion topic on the page.
  • If that’s not enough, InsertLearning has a ton of features that make it the perfect companion for G Suite users.
    • Chromebook compatible
    • Sign-in with Google account
    • Share directly with Google Classroom
    • Enhance published Google Docs with videos and more
    • Insert a YouTube video at the right moment in the text
  • Get a coupon one full month of premium in Kasey’s 18 Challenges ebook and online course.

Pear Deck is a formative assessment tool that allows you to add interactive questions, warmups, exit tickets, and even drawings to your Google Slides. Get the Pear Deck Add-On.

The sidebar now gives you access to a library of templates created by educators to support learning objectives typically found at the beginning, middle and end of a class. Here you will find bell ringers, checks for understanding, exit tickets, and more. Simply drop one of these templates into your slide for instant engagement.

Beginning: Bell Ringer Example

Middle: Labeling Diagrams Example

End: Explain the Lesson Example

5 Interactive Question Types in Pear Deck

You have 5 options for how students can respond to your question.  They can respond with:

  • A Draggable(TM)
  • A drawing
  • Text
  • A number
  • Multiple Choice

StackUp (stackup.net) -- Gather data on what you read. Stackup categorizes it and displays it, letting students see their reading stats. It adds some competition with challenges, where classes can see who can rack up the most hours of reading in a specific category. “The Fitbit of the Internet.”

Screencastify (screencastify.com) -- Record your screen, webcam or both in the Google Chrome browser. Save directly to Google Drive or YouTube. When you save to Drive, students can turn work in easily through Google Classroom.

Use the code TRIBE at checkout when purchasing a premium account to receive 25% off. (Neither Matt nor Kasey receives any compensation if you use this code.)

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

Heather Sanders shared a great idea to use Exploring By the Seat

Lisa Guardino (CA), shared Tribe-inspired weather lesson (Extreme Weather Choose Your Own Adventure) via SpeakPipe.

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Jan 29, 2018
Tips from the Tribe - Our Epic Anniversary - GTT039
48:41

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Happy Anniversary to us!

Featured Content

We've been at this crazy podcast for one year! To celebrate this we turned the microphones over to you, our loyal listeners and members of the Google Teacher Tribe!

  • Heidi Adams - Comic strips with Google Drawings
  • Pam Hubler - Using speech to text feature, Keep, and Calendar to support Special Education
  • Chris Young - Use Google Slides to replicate home screen and apps on an iPad

Thank you to everyone who submitted and we're sorry we couldn't include everything but please keep your feedback and questions coming!

Thank you to our producer, Chris Nesi, for pushing us out of our comfort zones as podcasters and all his hard work putting together each episode and maintaining this site! Be sure to subscribe to his podcast, House of #EdTech!

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Jan 22, 2018
Hanging Out with Google Hangouts - GTT038
33:19

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Google Hangouts bring conversations to life with photos, emoji, and even group video calls for free. Connect with friends across computers, Android, and Apple devices.

In schools, users must be 13+ or a Teacher can lead. What can you do with Google Hangouts?
  • Connect with another class to share ideas and work collaboratively
  • Find a guest speaker to talk to your students
  • Go on virtual field trips
  • Attend events
  • Do the announcements
  • Virtual book club
  • Student presentations
  • Guest speakers
Google Plus communities to find people/places to call: Things to consider:
  • Whole group call? Break into smaller groups? Pairs? Individuals?
  • Time zone … go north/south to avoid large time zone shifts.
  • Do a practice call ahead of time to check audio/video.
  • Let student passion/curiosity rule whenever possible!
  • Student-led video calls are often the best experience for everyone (even if it feels like chaos or like you don’t have control).
  • Do a debrief afterward.

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

In honor of our 1-year anniversary, we'd like to turn the podcast (episode 39) over to you! Leave us a message with your best Google tips, tricks, and ideas! (2-minute max.) Don't forget your name and location, too.

  • Libby Knaggs (Ingram, TX) - Used Page Marker extension and loved it!
  • Jennifer Portilla (Longwood, FL) - How can I not show new students to Google Classroom all the previously posted content?

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Jan 15, 2018
What You Missed in 2017 - GTT037
38:57

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Featured Content

12 Things You May Have Missed from Google in 2017 

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

  • Steven Dutcher asked, "How do I allow users to first preview a doc before forcing them to make a copy? I'm sure someone mentioned it, but I didn't get to try it out before it slipped my mind. And I can't find it! I'm guessing we're changing the "edit" in the URL to "something/something"? I tried "preview/copy" with no joy. I hope I'm not just confused with the creating templates episode. Help!"
  • Clarissa Bezzera, via SpeakPipe
  • Steve Dudeck, via SpeakPipe
  • Melissa Rivera (Long Island, NY) asked, "Is there a way to annotate Slides when in presentation mode? In PowerPoint, you can hover at the bottom right of the screen and select the pen tool. Slides only has a pointer tool. When my students create presentations they often have missing information that they want their classmates to supply during the lesson. I’ve been converting their Slides into PowerPoint to do this, which offsets the formatting of some slides. Do you have any other suggestions?"

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Jan 08, 2018
Tapping into Creativity with Google Drawings - GTT036
43:36

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Twenty-­three year educator Wanda Terral is the District Technology Coordinator for the Lakeland School System (outside of Memphis, TN). A former band director, Wanda’s constantly seeking information relating to techniques & practices related to the use of tech to empower students and educators. A Google Certified Innovator (#GTAATX14) & Trainer, she shares resources on Google+, Twitter, & her blog. She was the 2016 Lead PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator for the state of Tennessee and was selected to attend the 2016 Google Geo Teachers Institute. She’s currently completing her dissertation (EdD in IDT) at the The University of Memphis focusing on self-directed professional learning. When not spending time with her four cats, she is exploring sketchnoting, coding, and following leads of goodness shared by her PLN.

Google Certifications: Google Certified Educator Level 1, Google Certified Educator Level 2, Google Certified Trainer, Google Certified Innovator

Resources
Wanda’s Lesson: Hands on Activities with Google Drawings  
  • Meme yourself
  • Timeline
  • Graphic organizers
  • Digital book jacket
  • Doodle yourself
  • Googlink (Drawings like Thinglink)
  • Interactives w/GDraw
  • Visual notetaking (DTT post)
  • Self-directed professional learning

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

  • Thank you to Apple Podcast user Southern Eagle Girl for your recent podcast rating and review!
  • Google Drive question from Nikki in Winnipeg (via Speakpipe)
  • Sara Campbell from Woodbury Schools asks about using a Google Home in the classroom and COPPA, recording, etc. (via Speakpipe)

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Dec 25, 2017
Supersize Learning with Google Sites - GTT035
42:59

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Featured Content

Way back in episode 3 (Episode 3 of GTT: The New Google Sites) Matt and Kasey explored the fascinating integration of Google Sites into the classroom. Now, Sites has finally received some much-needed love from the Google engineers.

How do YOU use Google Sites? Leave us a voicemail!

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

  • Nicole Ross (Indiana) - Reindeer cam
  • 12 Days of Twitter Shoutout
  • Andy Boatman - Speakpipe about Google Classroom
  • Zohar Kaplan (Jerusalem, Israel) - Thanks for the email!
  • Linda Biederman Hink - Speakpipe about Google Translate idea.

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Dec 18, 2017
Rockin' Google Slides Templates - GTT034
42:50

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Featured Content

Ryan O'Donnell is a Technology Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) and former high school social studies teacher in Rocklin, California. Ryan's passions are EdTech, Innovation, Social Studies, Podcasting and Teacher Professional Development.

O'Donnell has been teaching since 1997 and has always been an advocate for all things "tech." In addition to teaching, he has been presenting at technology and social studies strategies workshops both in his district and throughout the country as a trainer for Teacher Created Materials.

Ryan is also the co-host of the Talking Social Studies and Check This Out podcasts.

Along with presenting, Ryan is on the board of CapCUE; the Sacramento affiliate of CUE.org.

Google Certifications: Google Certified Educator Level 1, Google Certified Educator Level 2
Resources

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

LOOPING SLIDE PRESENTATIONS Holly Elgin (Aledo, TX) -- I make changes to a Google Slideshow daily and play our announcements in the cafeteria for our students. Every day, I have to publish it to the web to be able to have it play continuously. Is there a way to present it so that it plays continuously? TAKE A SNAPSHOT LIVES ON! Marjorie Rispin (Carson, NV) -- I too was disappointed that GSuite removed Insert Image Snapshot. I found that you can still take a snapshot through Insert Drawing. When in the Drawing you can click the image icon and snapshot is still an option. Then save and close the drawing into your doc. A couple extra steps but it works.

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Dec 11, 2017
Support G Suite Learning with GIFs - GTT033
33:44

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Jake Miller is an authorized Google Apps for Education Trainer and currently serves as the Technology Integration Specialist for Brady Middle School in the Orange City School District. At BMS, Jake helps manage the implementation of Google Apps, 1:1 Chromebooks and Schoology, while working with a team to envision the building’s future integration of STEM, Project Based Learning and the school's new Fab Lab.

Jake previously taught and co-created a middle school STEM Program at Kimpton Middle School in Stow-Munroe Falls, Ohio. Prior to that he taught nine years of math and science in various grades.

At home, Jake leads a crazy, but fun family life with his wife and their three kids and dog.

Resources

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

COOL IDEA FROM #GTTRIBE HASHTAG Alexis Snider from Vietnam (via #GTTribe hashtag) shared that her fourth graders wrote informational picture books for an audience of second graders. The students created picture books after studying mentor texts. Then, they used Google Slides to create ebooks and they shared through Padlet. Her students in Vietnam received feedback from students in Colombia!

LINKING SLIDES Meggin Verduzco (Michigan) -- In the episode ' Slides can do what?' You give an example of "hyperlinking" a slide deck. How did you do that? Is it different from a link? I noticed it said 'slide 3' on the link. Can you tell me how to do that? Thanks. CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE! Meggin is working with 5th graders in a Choose your own adventure story/ PBL called The Island! http://digitaldivideandconquer.blogspot.com/ They are soo geeked and adding this would seal the deal! I showed them how to hyperlink, but this is easier. Thanks in advance.

THANKS FOR THE APPLE PODCASTS REVIEWS BSalzy -- Every week I am inspired and am able to share new Google knowledge and activities with my teachers and students. Thank you, Kasey and Matt, you keep this 38-year classroom veteran excited with fresh ideas weekly. A must listen!

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Dec 04, 2017
Mobile Learning with Google - GTT032
38:33

Featured Content

  • Tips for Using Mobile Devices in the Classroom
    • Distractions, off-task, inappropriate uses -- But these are not new problems
    • Can bring too much to the learning experience to band altogether
    • Gives students more ownership of their learning
    • Before you begin:
      • Think about the what you are trying to achieve
      • If BYOD, survey to find out what’s available
      • Allow students to make suggestions
      • Set clear expectations
  • Pros and Cons of Mobile v. Desktop/Laptop/Chromebook
  • Features only available on mobile
  • Android Apps on Chromebooks
Resources

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

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Nov 27, 2017
A Google Assistant in the Classroom - GTT031
32:41

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Featured Content

What does AI/voice assistant do now? What is machine learning?
  • Gathers lots of data, lots of queries, into a huge data set
  • Makes predictions based on that data
  • The more data it gets, the smarter it is
  1. Google Assistant: answers your questions via text or voice, gives you briefings with data you request (weather, time, calendar, news, etc.). Adds things to your Google Keep, calendar, etc. Plays games and asks you trivia questions.
  2. Teachable Machine: Explore how machine learning works. Teach a machine using your camera – live in the browser, no coding required. It learns by training and running neural nets right in the browser. Teach students about machine learning. 
  3. Quick, Draw!: Uses machine learning to learn what you’re drawing.
  4. Autodraw: Draw a picture and Autodraw converts it into clipart created by artists. 
  5. Mystery Animal: A Voice Experiment, it chooses an animal and plays 20 questions for you to guess what it is. 
  6. Story Speaker: Create a choose your own adventure-style story in Google Docs. It’s like you’re coding/creating an AI game run by Google Assistant. 
  7. Quill Connect: Uses machine learning to help students combine sentences. Aligned with curriculum standards for second through seventh grades.
How can AI/voice assistant help us right now?
  • Answering questions
    • what is the weather for tomorrow?
    • what is the capital of Alaska?
    • what is 37 times 414?
    • tell me a riddle.
    • Tell me something interesting.
    • set a ten-minute timer.
  • Adding to notes for later
  • Keeping us from doing repetitive stuff
What’s the future of AI/voice assistant in the classroom?
  • Setting expectations in the classroom
  • Let them play and understand what it is capable of but set meaningful expectations on how it will be used for learning, not just telling jokes.
  • Rotate the use a job/role for the class - AI Leader of the Day.
Resources

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

Thanks for the Apple Podcasts Reviews! Julie Cobb (E2Cobb) - Matt and Kasey make my Monday morning commute great! I learn something every week that I can immediately share with the teachers I support. Caution: Don’t listen at the gym if you are prone to shouting “amen” or “wow” when the knowledge bombs start dropping!

Baby’s First Video Editor from Joshua Howard: http://www.joshchoward.com/2017/11/babys-first-video-editor-google-slides.html

On The Blogs

Ready to Become a Google Certified Trainer?

Become a Google Certified TrainerDo you want to travel and help other teachers learn how to use G Suite in their classroom? Do you want to get your foot in the door as a consultant, trainer, or present at national conferences? Want to make a little extra cash in summer training teachers?

The VIP trainer course opens twice yearly (May and December) and will re-open for enrollment on November 10, 2017, and close on November 27, 2017.

This is the e-course you have been waiting for–the course to help you on your journey to becoming a Google for Education Certified Trainer!

Becoming a Google Certified Trainer was one of the best decisions I ever made, and it transformed my learning and my career! This self-paced, e-course includes EVERYTHING you need to know to pass the Trainer Skills Assessment AND complete the application requirements, including:

– 30+ Video Lessons (including the archive)

– Private Google+ Community

– The Ultimate Google Certified Trainer Planner and Check List

– VIP BONUSES!

– Tips & Tricks

– and much more!

Visit BecomeAGoogleTrainer.com for all of the details and to enroll (VIP will NOT open until November 10th!)

*Please note: This course does NOT prepare you for Google Certified Educator Level 1 and 2.


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Nov 21, 2017
Gearing Up for Hour of Code - GTT030
37:42

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

  • Hour of Code - Dec 4-10, 2017
  • CS EdWeek-
  • CS First: The CS First curriculum is free and easy to use — no computer science experience required!
    • Hour of Code Tutorials
    • CS First is a free program that increases student access and exposure to computer science (CS) education through after-school, in-school, and summer programs. All clubs are run by teachers and/or community volunteers.
    • Our materials:
      • are completely free and available online
      • are targeted at students in grades 4th-8th (ages 9-14)
      • can be tailored to fit your schedule and needs
      • involve block-based coding using Scratch and are themed to attract students with varied interests

Ways to tie coding into your curriculum:

  • Math and science: natural connections
  • Social studies and English: logic/order in writing code is similar to making a case for writing an essay
  • World languages: learning coding like a language
  • Primary: fits in math and science, teamwork, problem-solving, etc.

Apple’s Tim Cook: Coding is better than learning English as a second language (https://qz.com/1099791/apples-tim-cook-says-coding-is-better-than-learning-english-as-a-second-language/)

  • Have low bandwidth? Plan to show videos at the front of the class, so each student isn't downloading their own videos. Or try the unplugged/offline tutorials.
  • Provide headphones for your class, or ask students to bring their own, if the tutorial you choose works best with sound.
  • Don't have enough devices? Use pair programming. When students partner up, they help each other and rely less on the teacher. They’ll also see that computer science is social and collaborative.

Scripting in G Suite: https://developers.google.com/apps-script/overview

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

  • Kim Monroe (technology teacher, New Jersey) -- Is there a way to search for precreated Gsuite activities? For example, I have saved templates from people I follow like you and Matt and Alice Keeler, but can I search google and find other “slides” or sheet templates?  
  • Shannon Burger (library media specialist, Missouri) -- I love Bitmoji and was really excited about customizing my Bitmoji as explained by Mandi Tolen in her blog post, but then the librarian in me reared its head!  Before I share this with the teachers at my school.... are we violating copyright by modifying the Bitmoji image?  
    • Bitmoji Terms of Use: https://www.bitmoji.com/support/terms.html
    • The case for “not violating” -- “Snap Inc. grants you a personal, worldwide, royalty-free, non-assignable, non-exclusive, revocable, and non-sublicensable license to access and use our Services.”
    • The case for “violating” -- You must also respect Snap Inc.'s rights. These Terms do not grant you any right to: use branding, logos, designs, photographs, videos, or any other materials used in our Services except as explicitly allowed by these Terms or our Services (for example, you may create and share your Bitmoji as our Services allow);

On The Blogs

Ready to Become a Google Certified Trainer?

Become a Google Certified TrainerDo you want to travel and help other teachers learn how to use G Suite in their classroom? Do you want to get your foot in the door as a consultant, trainer, or present at national conferences? Want to make a little extra cash in summer training teachers?

The VIP trainer course opens twice yearly (May and December) and will re-open for enrollment on November 10, 2017, and close on November 27, 2017.

This is the e-course you have been waiting for–the course to help you on your journey to becoming a Google for Education Certified Trainer!

Becoming a Google Certified Trainer was one of the best decisions I ever made, and it transformed my learning and my career! This self-paced, e-course includes EVERYTHING you need to know to pass the Trainer Skills Assessment AND complete the application requirements, including:

– 30+ Video Lessons (including the archive)

– Private Google+ Community

– The Ultimate Google Certified Trainer Planner and Check List

– VIP BONUSES!

– Tips & Tricks

– and much more!

Visit BecomeAGoogleTrainer.com for all of the details and to enroll (VIP will NOT open until November 10th!)

*Please note: This course does NOT prepare you for Google Certified Educator Level 1 and 2.


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Nov 13, 2017
Deep Thinking with GSuite - GTT029
39:43
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Google News and Updates

Featured Content

Annotate images (Washington crossing the Delaware) Part of Matt’s Google Genius presentation at DitchThatTextbook.com/GoogleGenius

Create with constraints (Kasey’s magnetic poetry)

Explain their thinking (Matt’s moveable activity post)

Non-Googleable answers

Creative Projects that Can’t Be Duplicated or Plagiarized

Student Choice

Reflection

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

  • Kaelyn Bullock (Seattle, Washington) - New Google Sites not showing up … mostly tablets, also on some MacBooks (via SpeakPipe)
  • Jennifer Liebhaber (Scottsdale, Arizona) - I really appreciate all the little tips and tricks I get each time I listen. I am writing because I am trying to find out the best way to do a "mail merge" in a Google Doc when the data I need is in Google Sheets.
  • Denise Wolfe (Nebraska) - Just wanted to take a moment and THANK YOU for your podcast!

On The Blogs


Become a Google Certified TrainerReady to Become a Google Certified Trainer?

Do you want to travel and help other teachers learn how to use G Suite in their classroom? Do you want to get your foot in the door as a consultant, trainer, or present at national conferences? Want to make a little extra cash in summer training teachers? The VIP trainer course opens twice yearly (May and December) and will re-open for enrollment on November 10, 2017, and close on November 27, 2017. This is the e-course you have been waiting for–the course to help you on your journey to becoming a Google for Education Certified Trainer! Becoming a Google Certified Trainer was one of the best decisions I ever made, and it transformed my learning and my career! This self-paced, e-course includes EVERYTHING you need to know to pass the Trainer Skills Assessment AND complete the application requirements, including:
  • 30+ Video Lessons (including the archive)
  • Private Google+ Community
  • The Ultimate Google Certified Trainer Planner and Check List
  • VIP BONUSES!
  • Tips & Tricks
  • and much more!
Visit BecomeAGoogleTrainer.com for all of the details and to enroll (VIP will NOT open until November 10th!) *Please note: This course does NOT prepare you for Google Certified Educator Level 1 and 2.
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Nov 06, 2017
Behind the Scenes at the Google Innovator Academy - GTT028
32:19

Google News and Updates (2:36)

Featured Content (7:54)

Mason Mason, M. Ed. is an Education Technology National Instructor with EdTechTeacher, Inc. and an Ed.D. student at Southern Methodist University studying PreK-12 Educational Leadership. He is passionate about helping educators transform teaching and learning through technology integration and closing the digital divide through equitable access to technology for all students.

Mason obtained his B.A. in English and Education from The Ohio State University and his M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Southern Methodist University. He taught secondary English, Language Arts, and Reading for eight years in Dallas ISD and Plano ISD and spent a year as an Education Technology Instructional Coach at a 9-12 one-to-one iPad high school in Garland ISD. His passion for improving teaching and learning has guided his work in schools across the nation and at various local, regional, and national conferences.

Google Certifications: Google Certified Educator Level 1, Google Certified Educator Level 2, Google Certified Trainer, Google Certified Innovator

Connect with Mason:
Resources
Kasey’s video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUcrQJnGzHE Matt’s video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVyU15xco2Q Mason’s video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C94jbavnImI

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

  • Denise Wolfe (Nebraska) - Just wanted to take a moment and THANK YOU for your podcast!
  • Heather Moores (Quebec, Canada) -  I came across a Google Chrome Extension called “CheckMark”. Have you guys heard of this?

On The Blogs (27:53)


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Oct 30, 2017
Lions, Tigers, and Google Feedback Oh My! - GTT027
42:07

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

  • Keith George (Alabama) talks blurring in YouTube videos
  • Alex Adams -- opening up new module after submitting work on Google Classroom?
  • Amy Eagle (NY) -- "I love Google classroom. But I am wondering if we should be teaching basic drive skills that are no longer as critical when we use Classroom to disseminate and turn in work. Clearly, it is easier to use Classroom than to teach sharing etc. How would you reconcile the two?"

On The Blogs


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Oct 23, 2017
Find Your Tribe Keynote - GTT026
49:41

On this episode, Matt and Kasey are sharing a joint keynote presentation they gave during the Summer of 2017. Below is the presentation used...

Featured Content


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Oct 16, 2017
Google Slides Gains New Superpowers - GTT025
43:33

Google News and Updates

During episode 24 Matt and Kasey made it known that sometimes there just aren't many if any updates to speak of. No sooner did they utter those words and Google went crazy with a number updates!

Featured Content

Google Slides is a cornerstone application of G Suite and recently Google added a number of features to improve functionality and usability. Some of the features mentioned were long-time requests by users like you and others were bonus add-ons that were unexpected.

  • Slides now features Google Keep integration
  • New Add-ons...
    • Unsplash - Every Unsplash photo is high-res and completely free to use for commercial and personal purposes.
    • Adobe Stock
    • Shutter Stock
    • the Noun Project
    • Pear Deck
  • Features...
    • Linked Slides
    • Slide Sorter
    • Insert Diagrams
    • Skip Slides (during presentation)
    • Apps Scripts
Resources
Official Google blog post announcing Slides updates

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

Dena Dellere (@DDellere) tweeted about her use of Google Classroom for a recent technology-related in-service at her school in Oklahoma. "Each topic is a Session."

Sam Mora, via SpeakPipe, from Arizona, uses Screencastify and is looking for a way to blur sensitive information in the videos she creates.

Christina Smith Rivera, from Colorado, works with teams of Student TechXperts. Her students provide PD for students and staff members at the school. She is looking for ways to connect her student tech leaders with other groups throughout the United States.

On The Blogs


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Oct 09, 2017
Engage Science Students by App Smashing with Joe Marquez - GTT024
38:31

Google News and Updates

In a lighter week of news and updates the only things of note were additional colors to Google Keep Notes and revamped icons in the G Suite interface when using Docs, Sheets, etc

Featured Content

Joe Marquez is a passionate educator who loves nothing more than to discover new ways to motivate and engage his 8th-grade science students.

His focus is not on ways educators teach their kids, but rather on new ways they can better reach their kids.

Technology has been the spark which has ignited his exploration into next-generation educational technology and pushed him into becoming a leader and technology coach for the Clovis Unified School District.

Joe provides insight on his TACO initiative, which is a STEM camp for students who want to teach STEM.

Resources

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

  • Cara Wilmot (FL) shared a comment on episode 22 regarding captions on Youtube.

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Oct 02, 2017
Visual Thinking with Google Drawings - GTT023
37:54

Google News and Updates (4:25)

Featured Content (7:34)

Google Drawings allows you to add some color to your documents, presentations, and websites with easy to create charts and diagrams. However, Matt and Kasey provide you with some additional applications for you and your students.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag (25:18)

  • Meghan Eberhart (MN) asks about web-based video editors with the recent Google killing of the Youtube video editor/creator.
  • Becca Glassberg (NY) had a quick question regarding Google Classroom differentiation and how assignments appear on Google Calendar.
  • Tim Baker (KY) runs a Student Tech Leadership Program (STLP) and is looking for an app, tool, or extension for managing checklists for repetitive tasks.

On The Blogs (33:04)


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Sep 25, 2017
What's New With Youtube? - GTT022
37:57

Google News and Updates (4:00)

  • What’s Really Going on With Google Drive
  • Applied Digital Skills: New Lessons and RubricsThe Applied Digital Skills program recently added new lessons plans and assessment rubrics. Additionally, Applied Digital Skills is now aligned to the state standards for ten states, with more coming soon. Explore the curriculum now.
  • Earlier this summer, Google Arts & Culture launched 'We Wear Culture’, looking at the history of fashion and the stories behind what we wear. From the story of the Sari in India and lace making in Switzerland; this project covers a wide range of designers, fashion icons and subjects. There are 6 Google Expedition tours to accompany the project.
  • Create a Culture of Innovation at Your School The beginning of the school year is a great opportunity to proactively shape the culture of your school, and a culture of innovation can amplify the impact of technology. Take advantage of this time to nurture an environment where teachers are encouraged to take risks and try new things in order to better serve students. Use this guide to access guiding principles and actionable tips for creating a culture of innovation among teachers and staff.
  • Embed on Google Sites

Featured Content (16:40)

  • What's New In YouTube?
    • Got a new look and features on Aug. 29 - highlights
      • Lots of updates to mobile - Watch this video
      • Google for Education on YouTube
      • EDU in 90 on YouTubeWant to keep tabs on the latest updates from Google for Education, but don’t have much time? Check out EDU in 90, a new video series from Google for Education. Each episode, we focus on an important topic for educators, administrators, and school leaders - things like product updates, new programs, and helpful resources for the classroom. Subscribe to the Google for Education YouTube channel to make sure you don’t miss an episode.
      • Episode 2: What’s New in Classroom
      • New embed options
      • New look and feel
      • Open transcript
      • Dark theme great for whole class watching in the dark
      • GTT on YT

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag (27:01)

On The Blogs (32:04)

Don’t Mess with Google Classroom Conference with Alice Keeler and Kasey Bell


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Sep 18, 2017
Unpacking Google Classroom for 2017-18 - GTT021
35:22

Texas Needs Your Help, Y'all!

Google News and Updates (8:05)

Featured Content (15:05)

The 2017-18 school year is here and Google did not disappoint as many improvements, enhancements, and new features were added to the popular Google Classroom.

Highlights include:
  • View all student work on one page
  • Move tiles in your classes
  • Display class code in full screen
  • Teacher/student can specify which email notifications they receive

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag (20:47)

  • Miriam Bart wants to turn off Classroom notifications.
  • Amy Diamond has teachers who want to make more attractive slides
  • Lisa Byrd: DocSecrets add-on to blank out words and reveal them as you go

On The Blogs (27:37)

UPCOMING CONFERENCES

Don’t Mess with Google Classroom Conference with Alice Keeler and Kasey Bell

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Sep 11, 2017
We Love Our Tribe - GTT020
32:37

Google News and Updates (2:42)

Featured Content (9:44)

I have a 3rd student that took what I taught her about using G Suite, specifically from your episode #9 about Google forms and applied it to an "Entrepreneurial" venture! She created a Google form titled- "Eliana's Summer Pet Sitting and Mail Collection Service" then she had her mother post it to her friends to collect potential customers' information in a Google Sheet. As you can imagine, I was beaming with pride and thought you would like to hear about this real-life application being made at such a young age. This is proof that if we spend the time to train our kids to use these creative digital tools, they will do remarkable things!

I spent this school year teaching and developing a curriculum for an elementary version of a "Chrome Squad" for our building. My goal was to develop a resource to train kids to use G Suite using basic language that kids can understand. I have a "Kids Teaching Kids" type of program which has now evolved into my kids actually teaching our busy teachers to use Google tools as well.

I started with 10 kids and now have over 30 kids in our Chrome Squad. If you are interested, I can get you more information on my ebook coming out over the summer- "Chromebooks for kids- Training your Elementary Chrome Squad."

On The Blogs (20:59)

UPCOMING CONFERENCES (28:30)


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Jun 05, 2017
Tell Me a Story with G Suite- GTT019
41:45

Google News and Updates (3:34)

From Google I/O: https://blog.google/topics/developers/all-io17-announcements/

  • Make calls with Google Assistant, type to talk to it, proactive notifications (will Google Home have a place in schools? Google Assistant?) -
  • Smart Reply to Gmail … previously in Inbox and Allo (do you use it?)
  • Expeditions AR: More virtual/augmented reality experiences for the classroom (Statue of David, strand of DNA, whirling Category 5 hurricane)

Featured Content (10:27)

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag (24:40)

"I'm enjoying the podcast. In episode 5, a listener had a question about how to remove students from accessing certain files he shared with them. Y'all both offered great tips. I just wanted to offer a free solution at whohasaccess.com that scans your Drive, shows who has access to what files, and with one button push, you can revoke access to all files you've shared with that person. I use this for removing access to Google Drive files from departing employees." --Aaron Kinney

JP Prezzavento (MO) -- via SpeakPipe. Add short link in automatic substitution.

https://kaizena.com/

On The Blogs (31:28)

Upcoming Conferences (35:06)


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May 29, 2017
Google Slides Can Do What?!?!- GTT018
36:29

Google News and Updates (4:29)

Featured Content (8:05)

Google Slides is a core Google tool that is SO much more than just giving users the ability to create slideshows for presentations.

Resources
If you have tried any of these we want to hear from you! Leave a comment down below or send us a message!

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag (24:48)

  • Kerrie Johnson (Ohio) asks:
    1. do you have a hack for getting around not being able to put a Google Sheet in landscape?
    2. I know it's possible to make a poster in the G Suite but I'm not exactly sure how. Do I use Drawing? Slides? Any tips?
  • Lisa Blevins-Salyer, Technology Integration Specialist (Johnson County Schools) shared this thought:
I was intrigued by the recent segment on Auto Draw. Thank you both for the podcast and the wealth of information packed into your show notes.  May the Googles continue to be with you.

On The Blogs (30:08)


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May 22, 2017
Our Favorite Google Docs Tips & Tricks - GTT017
39:33

Google News and Updates (6:07)

 

Featured Content (13:08)

Matt's favorite Docs tips and tricks:     Kasey's favorite Docs tips and tricks:
    • Insert GIF
    • Force a Copy
    • Voice Typing
    • Tagging in Comments
    • Paste & Match Style
       
Resources

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag (29:20)

  • Paula Frank
  • Arlee Hall

On The Blogs (34:00)

Become a Google Trainer VIP

Ready for some summer PD? Do you want to travel and help other teachers learn how to use Google Apps in their classroom? Do you want to get your foot in the door as a consultant, trainer, or present at national conferences? Want to make a little extra cash in summer training teachers?

This is the e-course you have been waiting for--the course to help you on your journey to becoming a Google for Education Certified Trainer!

Becoming a Google Certified Trainer was one of the best decisions I ever made, and it transformed my learning and my career! This self-paced, e-course includes EVERYTHING you need to know to pass the Trainer Skills Assessment AND complete the application requirements, including:

  • 30+ Video Lessons (including the archive)
  • Private Google+ Community
  • The Ultimate Google Certified Trainer Planner and Checklist
  • VIP BONUSES!
  • Tips & Tricks
  • 7 Hours PD Credit (certificate and badge!)
  • and much more!

Watch the videos on this page to learn more about the process and this course.

(Please note: This course does NOT include preparation for Level 1 and 2. I am working on a new set of courses to support this here.)

BecomeAGoogleTrainer.com


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May 15, 2017
Tour the World with the NEW Google Earth - GTT016
34:24

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

Google Maps is Google's map program. It offers satellite imagery, street maps, 360° panoramic views of streets (Street View), real-time traffic conditions (Google Traffic), and route planning for traveling by foot, car, bicycle (in beta), or public transportation.

Resources

Assign a Google Voyage as an assignment in Classroom (YouTube)

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

On The Blogs

Countdown to Closing VIP Become a Google Certified Trainer Course (closes Midnight on May 21)


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May 08, 2017
Math and G Suite - GTT015
34:59

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

John McGowan is a certified Google Education Trainer and the creator for the g(Math) Add-on for Docs, Sheets, and Forms with over 11.5 million worldwide users. He has been teaching secondary math for over 15 years and loved to adapt the fail-forward mentality and push the bounds of technology integration in the math classroom. John's passion is to ignite student interest in math by creating dynamic visualizations and using coding to give personalized instruction and feedback to students instantly. His Moonshot is to make Coding the new Calculus.

John has presented worldwide on using g(Math) and other digital tools in the classroom and incorporating coding into the math curriculum. He recently embarked on a new career to leave the classroom to join up with Texthelp to develop g(Math) full-time and make a greater impact on teaching and learning by making digital math easy and accessible to all. EquatIO (https://goo.gl/G0yCQH) was just released and is the first step in that journey!

Connect with John:
Resources

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

On The Blogs


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May 01, 2017
Hidden Treasures from Google - GTT014
34:48
Apr 24, 2017
Using G Suite to Improve Writing with Shaelynn Farnsworth - GTT013
34:27

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

Shaelynn Farnsworth is a leader in the convergence between literacy and technology. As a high school teacher, she redefined her English classroom as not only a place to learn about literature but also explore how technology is shaping the future of communications. She continues this exploration as an Education Services Consultant for AEA 267 in Iowa. There, her primary focus is on technology, literacy, and Authentic Intellectual Work. Shaelynn is a staff developer, literacy coach, and supports districts in the implementation of initiatives. She is a Google Certified Innovator and has training in Project Based Learning from the Buck Institute, Instructional Coaching, and Reading and Writing Workshop from Lucy Calkins.

Connect with Shaelynn Farnsworth
Resources

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

In episode 10 you asked about ways for people to submit files through Google Forms if they are outside of your domain. Since that feature is limited to use within your domain, here is a different idea that districts may want to try if they need parents or other folks to be able to submit files which get automatically saved to your Drive...

An option to consider might be to use the "Save Emails and Attachments" add-on for Google Sheets:

You can see full details on how it works here:

Basically instead of using a Form, people would send an email to a specific address (I would suggest setting up one specifically for this purpose like dropbox@myschool.org). Emails sent to this address will trigger the add-on. Any attachments they send would be saved into a Google Drive folder you specify (which could be shared with the appropriate people for access).

On The Blogs


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Apr 17, 2017
Staying Productive with Google Chrome - GTT012
39:17

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

Chrome Extensions for Staying Productive
Kasey’s Faves: Matt’s Faves:
Resources

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

On The Blogs

Google Certified Trainer Online Course from Shake Up Learning!

Summer is approaching quickly, and now is the perfect time to plan your professional learning! Would you like to be a Google Certified Trainer? Do you want to travel and help other teachers learn how to use G Suite in their classroom? Do you want to get your foot in the door as a consultant, trainer, or present at national conferences? Want to make a little extra cash in summer training teachers?

This is the e-course you have been waiting for–the course to help you on your journey to becoming a Google for Education Certified Trainer!

Becoming a Google Certified Trainer was one of the best decisions I ever made, and it transformed my learning and my career! This self-paced, e-course includes EVERYTHING you need to know to pass the Trainer Skills Assessment AND complete the application requirements, including:

  • 30+ Video Lessons (including the archive)
  • Private Google+ Community
  • The Ultimate Google Certified Trainer Planner and Checklist
  • VIP BONUSES!
  • Tips & Tricks
  • and much more!

Visit BecomeAGoogleTrainer.com for all of the details and to enroll (VIP opens April 11th and will close at midnight CST on May 21!)


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Apr 10, 2017
Keeping Up with Google Keep - GTT011
28:49

Matt and Kasey have a lot of fun hosting the podcast! So much fun that they've inadvertently caused a new hashtag, #superexcited! Jen Giffen, their guest in episode 1o, created this graphic to help Matt and Kasey with their choice of words:

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Google News and Updates

Featured Content

Google Keep is a note-taking service developed by Google. Google Keep is available on the web and has mobile apps for the Android and iOS mobile operating systems. Keep offers a variety of tools for taking notes, including text, lists, images, and audio.

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Resources:

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

  • Lynn Legg (Castle Pines, Colorado) asks:
    I would love to know how I can clean out all the essays and assignments in my Google drive from previous year's Google Classrooms

On The Blogs


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Apr 03, 2017
Gorgeous Google Drive with Jen Giffen - GTT010
35:33
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Google News and Updates

Featured Content

Jen Giffen currently works as a Digital Literacy Resource Teacher with the York Region District School Board in Ontario, Canada.

She has an M.Ed in Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning and a specialist in English. She holds additional qualifications in Special Education and the Integration of Information and Computer Technology in Instruction.

She is a level 2 Google Certified Educator and Google for Education Certified Trainer. She has a keen interest in EdTech and is always looking for new tools to enhance the learning environment to engage students and increase critical thinking skills.

She spends her free time playing with her three little boys and coaching and participating in competitive cheerleading.

Resources:

Jen’s Lesson: Mystery Hangouts (grades 3-12 AND adults)

Connect with Jen:

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

On The Blogs


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Mar 27, 2017
Google Forms Magic - GTT009
36:40
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GOOGLE NEWS AND UPDATES

GOOGLE TIPS

Featured Content

  • Forms v. Quizzes feature
  • Email notifications (late work form)
  • Contact form
  • File attachments (field trip permission slips)
  • Student notes for documentation
  • Confirmation page
Resources:

GOOGLE TEACHER TRIBE MAILBAG

  • Louie Soper (Lancaster, PA) asks:

ON THE BLOGS


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Mar 20, 2017
Meet the Chrome Squad - GTT008
28:42

GOOGLE NEWS AND UPDATES

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Matt and Kasey speak with Royse City High School’s Student Chrome Squad! Students Tyler Crumrine, Britni Sanchez, Bryan Barnes, Caleb Fay and their teacher advisor and Innovative Learning Specialist, Cody Holt discuss what the Chrome Squad is, how it began and the challenges they face.

Cody Holt spent 11 years as a high school Language Arts before transitioning to the world of instructional technology. As an Innovative Learning Specialist for Royse City ISD Cody gets to help teachers navigate instruction in a digital age; specifically how to incorporate digital tools to positively impact learning.

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Mar 13, 2017
Video Projects with G Suite - GTT007
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In this week's episode, we talk about some great strategies and tools for how to create video projects using Google tools. Resources mentioned:

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Mar 06, 2017
#GAFE4littles with Christine Pinto - GTT006
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Christine Pinto teaches kindergarten for Arcadia Unified, which is located in southern California. She is the founder of #GAfE4Littles, which stands for Google Apps for Education for Little Kids (primary aged students).

Pinto, Google Certified Educator (Level 1),  believes that all kids, even our youngest learners can think critically and create with Google Apps.

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Feb 27, 2017
Differentiating Instruction with Google Classroom - GTT005
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Download Episode [tweetshare tweet="Differentiation with #GoogleClassroom! #gttribe #googleedu #edtech" username="GTeacherTribe"]BIG UPDATE! Insert #GoogleDrive Videos in #GoogleSlides
  • 4 New Video Features in Google Slides That Will Make Your Day
  • WORD LENS IN JAPANESE: If you don’t speak Japanese, Tokyo can be a confusing and sometimes daunting place to visit. Even if you make it through the complex subway system, you’ll be faced with street signs, menus or products on supermarket shelves that are only in Japanese.
    • With Word Lens now available in Japanese, you’ll never have to worry about taking a wrong turn on a busy Shibuya street or ordering something you wouldn't normally eat.
    • The Google Translate app already lets you snap a photo of Japanese text and get a translation for it in English. But it’s a whole lot more convenient if you can just point your camera and instantly translate text on the go. With Word Lens, you just need to fire up the Translate app, point your camera at the Japanese text, and the English translations will appear overlaid on your screen—even if you don't have an Internet or data connection. It’s every savvy traveler’s dream!

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Differentiation in Google Classroom
  • What is Differentiation?
  • Why Digital Differentiation?
  • New Feature in G Class
  • Ways to Differentiate in G Class
  • Tips for Differentiated Assignments
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Just dropping a quick note to say how awesome the podcast is. The organization of the show has great flow and the information is varied and informative for a Google teacher of any level. I can't help but smile as I listen to you two banter and would probably do so even if I didn't know you both. Keep up the great work. I look forward to hearing what you have in store for us in the months and years to come. #GTAATX forever! ~ Wanda Terral (Memphis, TN)

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Feb 20, 2017
Google in Special Education | Interview with Carrie Baughcum - GTT004
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Carrie Baughcum is a self-described inspiration junkie, idea spreader, and learning enthusiast! Most importantly, she is a passionate believer that all children can learn, we just need to find out how.

Baughcum is currently the 6th, 7th and 8th-grade Extended Resource Special Education class in Arlington Heights School District 25. In her classroom, Carrie integrates technology, creative thinking, a fearless attitude, the power of gamification and endless doodles to enable her students to access information and materials, enhance their learning and empower them to achieve things they never knew they could do or be a part of.

Carrie is also the mother of two daughters, 9 and 11 years old. At home, she encourages them to explore, learn and try anything their imagination can think up. She works hard to create and involve them in activities and experiences with exploration, creativity, problem-solving and making.

She shares her experiences from her classroom, adventures, experiences and time with her husband and daughters with other at conferences and at carriebaughcum.com.

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Matt - How to get parents on board with your big changes Kasey - How to Differentiate Assignments in Google Classroom

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  • Kevin White, The Learning Choice Academy in California, wrote in:
    • Matt, I love your site! Need to spruce mine up. I like the new Google Sites (been using Classic Google Sites), but it seems a bit limited. What do you use for your Ditch That Textbook site? Did you design it yourself? I hope you do not mind, I will be presenting and sharing some of your blogs at our next teacher tech training in Feb! Keep up the good work, I find your passion for educational technology to be exuberant!
  • Tracey Nangle, ELA/Geography teacher, North Smithfiled Schools in Slatersville, RI
  • Keturah Rush, Monticello School District in Monticello, AR
  • Thank You Pam Q for your 5-star iTunes review!
    • This podcast was easy to listen to: clear, concise and useful for teachers and administrators. Kasey and Matt include current information for any educator who is integrating technology in their classrooms and schools. Can't wait for the next episode!

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Feb 13, 2017
The New Google Sites - GTT003
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New Google Sites

The new Google Sites allow for a beautiful design with easy click to add, drag and drop elements including Google files (Docs, Slides, Sheets, Forms, Charts).

The new sites also allow creators to embed maps, YouTube videos, calendars on easy to manage and arranged pages. The themes are elegant to design easily and collaborate to let others edit a site.

Great a good entry point for newer users and those that don’t need fancy options when designing websites.

Ways to use Google Sites:

  • Websites for projects
  • Parent portal
  • Video repository
  • ePortfolios
  • Training site

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  • Paula Frank (Christ the King School in Little Rock, AR): Have you heard when we GSUITE users will be able to use Google Play Store? As of last week, it is still grayed on our chrome flip books. Want to get those android apps to my kindergarten and 1st-grade teachers. Answer: https://support.google.com/chrome/a/answer/7131624
  • Heather Kilgore from Commerce ISD in Commerce, Texas left as awesome iTunes review!
  • We got a Speakpipe message from Italy!

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Feb 06, 2017
How to Make Their Learning Go Viral | Interview with Karly Moura - GTT002
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Karly Moura is a Teacher On Special Assignment (Instructional Coach & Educational Technology Support Teacher) at Sun Terrace Elementary School, MDUSD.

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Jan 30, 2017
Empower Teachers with the Google Teacher Tribe Podcast – GTT001
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In this episode, you will learn what to expect in this new podcast as well as learn about your hosts Matt Miller and Kasey Bell and their journey through the Google Teacher Academy, which was a really great experience for both of them. We also have some Google news and updates to share.

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